human immunodeficiency virus

noun

: hiv

Examples of human immunodeficiency virus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to sequencing the woolly mammoth genome, Hendrik has reconstructed the diets of extinct giant sloths, debunked a hypothesis about the origin of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and sequenced the genome of the bacterium that caused Black Death. Virginia Gewin, Discover Magazine, 21 Jan. 2015 Some bacterial infections; STIs, like human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); or autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, may also cause swollen lymph nodes. Maggie O'Neill, Health, 30 June 2023 The new questions are designed to reduce the risk of transmission of HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, through blood donation. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 11 May 2023 Additionally, the new questions are designed to reduce the risk of transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through blood donation. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 11 May 2023 Patients with weak immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy or patients with human immunodeficiency virus, are also at high risk of candida infection. The Conversation, Fortune Well, 6 Apr. 2023 The human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, attacks the body’s immune system. David McKenzie, CNN, 11 Mar. 2023 Some conditions, such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and blood cancers, may also exaggerate your body's response. Emily Shiffer, Health, 7 Mar. 2023 Research on other viruses, and on neurological damage from the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in particular, is guiding work on long COVID. Stephani Sutherland, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1986, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of human immunodeficiency virus was in 1986

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Cite this Entry

“Human immunodeficiency virus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/human%20immunodeficiency%20virus. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

human immunodeficiency virus

noun
human im·​mu·​no·​de·​fi·​cien·​cy virus
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: hiv

Medical Definition

human immunodeficiency virus

noun
: hiv

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