HIV

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noun \ˌāch-ˌī-ˈvē\

Definition of HIV

  1. :  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

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noun

Definition of HIV for English Language Learners

  • medicine : a virus that causes AIDS


Medical Dictionary

HIV

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noun \ˌā-ˌchī-ˈvē\

Medical Definition of HIV

  1. :  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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