ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-HIV (audio)
: acting, used, or effective against HIV infection
an anti-HIV agent
potential anti-HIV activity

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The United States’ brawl with Gilead Sciences over ownership of an anti-HIV regimen will go to trial Tuesday, marking one of the government’s most muscular efforts to enforce its patents against a major drugmaker in recent years. Daniel Gilbert, Washington Post, 2 May 2023 More than six million of them have access to anti-HIV medication, but these drugs are unable to cure HIV infection, and they must be taken for life. Bruce D. Walker, Scientific American, 1 July 2012 Despite there being no cure for the virus, some researchers have started to implement stem cell transplants as treatment, allowing doctors to insert anti-HIV genes or mutations into an affected person’s new immune system. Ty Roush, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-HIV was in 1987

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Cite this Entry

“Anti-HIV.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Medical Definition


an·​ti-HIV -ˌā-ˌchī-ˈvē How to pronounce anti-HIV (audio)
: acting, used, or effective against HIV infection
an anti-HIV agent
anti-HIV activity
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