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Human herpes virus 8: A type of virus that causes Kaposi sarcoma (a rare cancer in which lesions grow in the skin, lymph nodes, lining of the mouth, nose, and throat, and other tissues of the body). HHV8 also causes certain types of lymphoma (cancer that begins in cells of the immune system).

Alternate Names
HHV8
Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpes virus
KSHV