HIV

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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HIV

abbreviation for
  1. human immunodeficiency virus; the cause of AIDS. Two strains have been identified: HIV-1 and HIV-2
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Word Origin and History for hiv

HIV

n.

1986, initialism from human immunodeficiency virus, name for either of the two viruses that cause AIDS.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hiv in Medicine

HIV

[āch′ī-vē]
n.
  1. Human immunodeficiency virus; a retrovirus that causes AIDS by infecting helper T cells of the immune system. The most common serotype, HIV-1, is distributed worldwide, while HIV-2 is primarily confined to West Africa.AIDS virus human T-cell leukemia virus type III human T-cell lymphotrophic virus type III lymphadenopathy-associated virus
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hiv in Science

HIV

[āch′ī-vē]
  1. Short for human immunodeficiency virus. Any of various strains of a retrovirus of the genus Lentivirus that cause AIDS by infecting the body's immune system.
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hiv in Culture

HIV

[(aych-eye-vee)]

An abbreviation for human immunodeficiency virus, the virus that causes AIDS.

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