lentivirus

noun
len·​ti·​vi·​rus | \ˌlen-tə-ˈvī-rəs \

Definition of lentivirus 

: any of a genus (Lentivirus) of retroviruses (such as the HIVs and SIV) that cause slowly progressive often fatal human and animal diseases (such as AIDS)

First Known Use of lentivirus

1979, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lentivirus

New Latin, from Latin lentus slow + New Latin virus

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lentivirus

noun
len·​ti·​vi·​rus | \ˈlen-tə-ˌvī-rəs \

Medical Definition of lentivirus 

1 capitalized : a genus of single-stranded RNA viruses (as HIV and SIV) of the family Retroviridae that cause progressive often fatal human and animal diseases (as AIDS, equine infectious anemia, and ovine progressive pneumonia)

2 : any virus of the genus Lentivirus

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lentiviral \-​rəl \ adjective

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