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antiviral

[ an-tahy-vahy-ruhl, an-tee- ]
/ ˌæn taɪˈvaɪ rəl, ˌæn ti- /
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adjective
Medicine/Medical, Pharmacology.
  1. (of a drug or therapy) developed to effectively treat an infection caused by a virus.
  2. of or relating to a substance used to prevent or treat a viral infection:Raw garlic has been found to have antiviral properties.
Computers. (of software) programmed to detect, neutralize, and remove computer viruses.
noun
Medicine/Medical, Pharmacology. an antiviral drug, other substance, or therapy.
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Origin of antiviral

First recorded in 1925–30; anti- + viral
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British Dictionary definitions for antiviral

antiviral
/ (ˌæntɪˈvaɪrəl) /

adjective
inhibiting the growth of viruses
noun
any antiviral drug: used to treat diseases caused by viruses, such as herpes infections and AIDS
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Medical definitions for antiviral

antiviral
[ ăn′tē-vīrəl, ăn′tī- ]

adj.
Destroying or inhibiting the growth and reproduction of viruses.

Other words from antiviral

an′ti•viral n.
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