Skip to Content
Medical Term:

viral hepatitis type B


Definition: a viral disease with a long incubation period (usually 50–160 days), caused by a hepatitis B virus, a DNA virus and member of the family Hepadnaviridae, usually transmitted by injection of infected blood or blood derivatives or by use of contaminated needles, lancets, or other instruments or by sexual transmission; clinically and pathologically similar to viral hepatitis type A, but there is no cross-protective immunity; HBsAg is found in the serum and the hepatitis delta virus occurs in some patients. May lead to acute or chronic liver disease.

Synonym(s): hepatitis B, serum hepatitis, transfusion hepatitis, virus B hepatitis

© Copyright 2016 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.