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slow virus

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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.
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Origin of slow virus

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.
  1. Any of a group of viruses that cause various diseases with a long latent period and a slow, progressive course, as subacute sclerosing panencephalitis.
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