Definition of lentivirus in English:


Line breaks: lenti|virus
Pronunciation: /ˈlɛntɪˌvʌɪrəs


  • Any of a group of retroviruses producing illnesses characterized by a delay in the onset of symptoms after infection.
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    • 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.


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

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