[ len-tuh-vahy-ruh s ]
/ ˈlɛn təˌvaɪ rəs /
noun, plural len·ti·vi·rus·es.
any slow virus of the genus Lentivirus, of the retrovirus family, causing brain disease in sheep and other animals.
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British Dictionary definitions for lentivirus
/ (ˈlɛntɪˌvaɪrəs) /
any of a group of slowly acting viruses that includes the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS
Word Origin for lentivirus
C20: from Latin lentus slow + virus
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Medicine definitions for lentivirus
[ lĕn′tə-vī′rəs ]
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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