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Medical Term:

hepatitis D virus


a small “defective” RNA virus, similar to viroids and virusoids, that requires the presence of hepatitis B virus for replication. The clinical course is variable but is usually more severe than other hepatitides.

Synonym(s): delta agent, delta antigen, delta virus, hepatitis delta virus

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