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A genus in the family Retroviridae containing five serogroups that reflect the host with which they are associated. Among the primate lentiviruses are human immunodeficiency viruses types 1 and 2.
lentivirus/len·ti·vi·rus/ (len´tĭ-vi″rus) any virus of the subfamily Lentivirinae.
Lentivirus/Len·ti·vi·rus/ (len´tĭ-vi″rus) a genus of retroviruses that cause persistent infection that typically results in chronic, progressive, usually fatal disease; it includes the human immunodeficiency viruses.
n. pl. lentivi·ruses
Any of a group of retroviruses of the genus Lentivirus that cause diseases with a long latent period and a slow, progressive course. HIV is a lentivirus.
any member of a genus of retroviruses that have long incubation periods and cause chronic, progressive, usually fatal diseases in humans and other animals. Species include the types of human immunodeficiency virus.
a member of the subfamily lentivirinae.
feline T-lymphotropic lentivirus
see feline immunodeficiency virus.