: any of several retroviruses
often used with a number or Roman numeral to indicate the type

Word History

Etymology

human T-cell lymphotropic virus

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of HTLV was in 1980

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Cite this Entry

“HTLV.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/HTLV. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

: any of several retroviruses that formerly included the original strain of the AIDS virus before it was grouped with other strains, renamed HIV-1, and made the type species (Human immunodeficiency virus 1) of the genus Lentivirus
often used with a number or Roman numeral to indicate the type and order of discovery
HTLV-III

called also human T-cell leukemia virus, human T-cell lymphotropic virus, human T-lymphotropic virus

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