Glossary

Hepatologist
Liver specialist. The Greek word hepar means liver; logos = word /science

Hepatitis
Inflammation of the liver, many causes. " - itis" = inflammation of.
Compare: Cholecystitis = inflammation of the galbladder
Appendicitis = inflammation of the appendix

Virus
Small particle that typically uses the manufacturing system of the cell to multiply

Hepatitis virus
Virus that typically mainly multiplies in liver cells unlike other viruses that may mainly multiply in other organs

HCV
Hepatitis C virus

HCVRNA
Hepatitis C virus RiboNucleicAcid

Viral load
the amount of virus detected (usually in IU/mL)