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A.R.V.

1.
AIDS-related virus.
See under AIDS virus.

AIDS-related virus

noun
1.
a variant of the AIDS virus.
Abbreviation: ARV.

AIDS virus

noun
1.
a variable retrovirus that invades and inactivates helper T cells of the immune system and is a cause of AIDS and AIDS-related complex: variants were identified in several laboratories and independently named lymphadenopathy-associated virus (LAV) human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 3 (HTLV-3) and AIDS-related virus (ARV) the name human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) being subsequently proposed by an international taxonomy committee.
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ARV

abbreviation
1.
armed response vehicle
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ARV abbr.
AIDS-related virus

AIDS-related virus n.
Abbr. ARV
See HIV.

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