lav

[lav]

Origin of lav

by shortening

LAV

  1. lymphadenopathy-associated virus.See under AIDS virus.

Origin of LAV

First recorded in 1980–85

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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lav

noun
  1. British informal short for lavatory
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Word Origin and History for lav
n.

colloquial shortening of lavatory, attested from 1913.

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