slow virus


Definition of slow virus

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Faculty and employees have increasingly been demanding that their institutions mandate masks to slow virus transmission, signing letters and petitions., "US notifies UN of withdrawal from World Health Organization," 7 July 2020 Wednesday’s voting, which comes amid a slowing virus caseload in South Korea, draws a contrast with an upended election cycle in the United States, where some states have pushed back presidential primaries or switched to voting by mail. Lara Horwitz, NBC News, "Here's how millions voted in S. Korea amid coronavirus. Could the U.S.?," 16 Apr. 2020 Over the past month, Spain, France, Belgium and the U.K., among others, ordered citizens to stay home to slow virus infections. Catherine Stupp, WSJ, "Europe Tracks Residents’ Phones for Coronavirus Research," 27 Mar. 2020 The announcement came during a news conference in Portland featuring state and county officials, where Gov. Kate Brown also announced restrictions on statewide gatherings and other provisions to slow virus infections. oregonlive, "Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declares state of emergency due to coronavirus," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of slow virus

1954, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jul 2020

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“Slow virus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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slow virus


Medical Definition of slow virus

: 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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