HIV

noun \ ˌāch-ˌī-ˈvē \

Definition of HIV

:either of two retroviruses that infect and destroy helper T cells of the immune system causing the marked reduction in their numbers that is diagnostic of AIDS called also AIDS virus, human immunodeficiency virus; compare HIV-1, HIV-2

Examples of hiv in a Sentence

  1. The patient is HIV positive .

First Known Use of hiv

1986


HIV Defined for English Language Learners

HIV

noun

Definition of HIV for English Language Learners

  • medicine : a virus that causes AIDS


HIV Defined for Kids

HIV

noun \ ˌāch-ˌī-ˈvē \

Definition of HIV for Students

:a virus that causes AIDS by destroying large numbers of cells that help the human body fight infection

Medical Dictionary

HIV

noun \ ˌā-ˌchī-ˈvē \

medical Definition of HIV

:any of several retroviruses and especially HIV-1 that infect and destroy helper T cells of the immune system causing the marked reduction in their numbers that is diagnostic of AIDS called also AIDS virus, human immunodeficiency virus


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