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slow virus

noun, Pathology.
1.
a virus that remains dormant in the body for a long time before producing symptoms, as in several neurological diseases, including kuru and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Origin of slow virus
1950-1955
First recorded in 1950-55
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British Dictionary definitions for slow virus

slow virus

noun
1.
any of a class of virus-like disease-causing agents known as prions that are present in the body for a long time before becoming active or infectious and are very resistant to radiation and similar factors: believed to be the cause of BSE and scrapie
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slow virus in Medicine

slow virus n.
Any of a group of animal viruses that cause various diseases that exhibit an unusually slow progressive course, as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Also called lentivirus.

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