Definition of slow virus in English:

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slow virus


A virus or viruslike organism that multiplies slowly in the host organism and has a long incubation period.
Example sentences
  • Modern epidemics of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, Mad Cow's disease) are attributed to the slow virus contamination of human brain tissue by using animal cultures in grafts and drug products.
  • ‘Maybe it's like the turtle and the hare,’ he says, and the slow virus will eventually win.
  • Eventually, they identify kuru as a brain-affecting slow virus.

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Syllabification: slow vi·rus

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