Definition of antiviral in English:


Line breaks: anti|viral
Pronunciation: /antɪˈvʌɪr(ə)l


  • 1 Medicine (Chiefly of a drug or treatment) effective against viruses.
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    • For infections caused by the chickenpox or herpes viruses, antiviral drugs may be prescribed if the infection is caught early.
    • Specific antiviral treatment has been effective in improving the survival of the patients.
    • Harms of antiviral treatment may include drug hypersensitivity and renal impairment.
  • 2 Computing (Of software) designed to detect, remove, or offer protection against computer viruses.
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    • Like the antiviral programs, they will always be reacting to the last exploit, not anticipating the next.
    • Users are advised not to open suspicious attachments and to update their antiviral signatures to block the virus.
    • Antiviral software cannot possibly keep up.


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  • An antiviral drug or medicine.
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    • And if it is, what they can do is that they they can't give you an antiviral for this.
    • We were talking about it in our meeting this morning, the growing of a virus and trying to make an antiviral and all of that.
    • Hence a natural anti-viral produced by a plant to defend itself can also be used by a human as an anti-viral.

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