provirus

noun
pro·​vi·​rus | \ (ˌ)prō-ˈvī-rəs How to pronounce provirus (audio) \

Definition of provirus

: a form of a virus that is integrated into the genetic material of a host cell and by replicating with it can be transmitted from one cell generation to the next without causing lysis

Other Words from provirus

proviral \ (ˌ)prō-​ˈvī-​rəl How to pronounce provirus (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of provirus

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for provirus

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“Provirus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/provirus. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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provirus

noun
pro·​vi·​rus | \ (ˈ)prō-ˈvī-rəs How to pronounce provirus (audio) \

Medical Definition of provirus

: a form of a virus that is integrated into the genetic material of a host cell and by replicating with it can be transmitted from one cell generation to the next without causing lysis

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