Any of a group of retroviruses that cause disease by attacking T cells.
- The human T cell lymphotropic viruses types I / II are not involved in T prolymphocytic leukemia and large granular lymphocytic leukemia.
- Brazil may have the highest absolute number of individuals infected by human T cell lymphotropic virus type 1.
- Simian T cell lymphotropic viruses are highly related to the human form human T cell lymphotropic viruses type 1, and the best evidence indicates that HTLV arose by cross-species transmission from nonhuman primates.
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Syllabification: hu·man T cell lym·pho·trop·ic vi·rus
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