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  1. AIDS-related virus.See under AIDS virus.
  2. American Revised Version.
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AIDS-related virus

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

  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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Examples from the Web for arv

Historical Examples

  • Finally he and Arv headed back to the submarine docks in the jeep.

    Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung

    Victor Appleton

  • Arv Hanson machined several parts and molded the plastic face mask to Tom's specifications.

  • By four o'clock Tom had the apparatus perfected, and turned it over to Arv Hanson for fast duplication.

  • "Maybe Bud surfaced out at sea somewhere," Arv Hanson suggested.

  • Tom, Hank, and Arv went back to the airfield and soon took off in the diving seacopter.

British Dictionary definitions for arv


abbreviation for
  1. armed response vehicle
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