a virus that remains dormant in the body for a long time before producing symptoms, as in several neurological diseases, including kuru and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Origin of slow virus
First recorded in 1950–55
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British Dictionary definitions for slow virus
any of a class of virus-like disease-causing agents known as prions that are present in the body for a long time before becoming active or infectious and are very resistant to radiation and similar factors: believed to be the cause of BSE and scrapie
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Medicine definitions for slow virus
Any of a group of viruses that cause various diseases with a long latent period and a slow, progressive course, as subacute sclerosing panencephalitis.
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