lentivirus(redirected from lentivirus encephalitis)
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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 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.
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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.
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