antiretroviral

adjective an·ti·re·tro·vi·ral \ -ˈre-trō-ˌvī-rəl \

Definition of antiretroviral

:acting, used, or effective against retroviruses
  • antiretroviral drugs
  • antiretroviral therapy

antiretroviral

noun

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First Known Use of antiretroviral

1979


Medical Dictionary

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antiretroviral

adjective an·ti·ret·ro·vi·ral \ -ˈre-trō-ˌvī-rəl \
variants: also anti-retroviral

medical Definition of antiretroviral

:acting, used, or effective against retroviruses
  • All four drugs, which inhibit HIV protease and thus interfere with viral maturation and replication, are the most potent antiretroviral agents available to treat patients with HIV disease.
  • The Journal of the American Medical Association20 Nov. 1996
  • antiretroviral therapy
— see highly active antiretroviral therapy

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antiretroviral

noun
variants: also anti-retroviral

medical Definition of antiretroviral

:an agent effective against retroviruses
  • Current anti-HIV drugs, or antiretrovirals, bind to specific HIV enzymes and impede their activity.
  • —Douglas D. RichmanScientific AmericanJuly 1998

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