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lentivirus

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noun len·ti·vi·rus \ˌlen-tə-ˈvī-rəs\

Definition of lentivirus

  1. :  any of a genus (Lentivirus) of retroviruses (as the HIVs and SIV) that cause slowly progressive often fatal human and animal diseases (as AIDS)



Origin of lentivirus

New Latin, from Latin lentus slow + New Latin virus


First Known Use: 1979


Medical Dictionary

lentivirus

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noun len·ti·vi·rus \ˈlen-tə-ˌvī-rəs\

Medical Definition of lentivirus

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of single-stranded RNA viruses (as HIV and SIV) of the family Retroviridae that cause progressive often fatal human and animal diseases (as AIDS, equine infectious anemia, and ovine progressive pneumonia)

  2. 2:  any virus of the genus Lentivirus

lentiviral \-rəl\play adjective



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