- any slow virus of the genus Lentivirus, of the retrovirus family, causing brain disease in sheep and other animals.
Origin of lentivirus
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- any of a group of slowly acting viruses that includes the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS
C20: from Latin lentus slow + virus
- A virus of the genus Lentivirus and the family Retroviridae that causes diseases with a long latent period and a slow, progressive course, as HIV.
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