viral load

[ vahy-ruhl lohd ]
/ ˈvaɪ rəl ˈloʊd /

noun Pathology.

the amount or concentration of a virus in a given quantity of blood, saliva, mucus, or other bodily fluid, often expressed as the number of viral particles per milliliter of the fluid: When HIV treatment is effective, the viral load in the blood becomes undetectable.The droplets from a flu-infected person’s sneeze leave their viral load on whatever surface they land on.

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Also called vi·ral bur·den [vahy-ruhl bur-dn] /ˈvaɪ rəl ˈbɜr dn/ .

Origin of viral load

First recorded in 1965–70
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Medical definitions for viral load

viral load

n.

The concentration of a virus, such as HIV, in the blood.
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Scientific definitions for viral load

viral load
[ vīrəl ]

The concentration of a virus, such as HIV, in the blood.
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