retrovirus

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noun ret·ro·vi·rus \ˈre-trō-ˌvī-rəs\

Definition of retrovirus

  1. :  any of a family (Retroviridae) of single-stranded RNA viruses that produce reverse transcriptase by means of which DNA is produced using their RNA as a template and incorporated into the genome of infected cells, that are often tumorigenic, and that include the lentiviruses (such as the HIVs) and the causative agent of Rous sarcoma

retroviral

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Origin and Etymology of retrovirus

New Latin


First Known Use: 1975


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retrovirus

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noun ret·ro·vi·rus \ˈre-trō-ˌvī-rəs\

Medical Definition of retrovirus

  1. :  any of the family Retroviridae of single-stranded RNA viruses—called also RNA tumor virus

retroviral

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retrovirally

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