Definition of lentivirus in English:

lentivirus

Syllabification: len·ti·vi·rus
Pronunciation: /ˈlentəˌvīrəs
 
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noun

Medicine
  • Any of a group of retroviruses producing illnesses characterized by a delay in the onset of symptoms after infection.
    More example sentences
    • As long as the HIV lentivirus lived in monkeys, it was not a threat for humans.
    • Svendsen and his team approached the problem using a genetically engineered viral structure known as a lentivirus.
    • One feature that distinguishes lentiviruses such as HIV from the other retroviruses is the complexity of the lentiviral genome.

Origin

1970s: from Latin lentus 'slow' + virus.

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