slow virus

noun

: any of various infectious agents now usually considered to be prions that have a long incubation period between infection and the clinical appearance of the associated disease compare prion disease

Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of slow virus was in 1965

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“Slow virus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slow%20virus. Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition

slow virus

noun
: any of various viruses (as a lentivirus) or prions having a long incubation period between infection and the clinical appearance of the slowly progressive serious or fatal disease (as scrapie, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or AIDS) associated with it

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