Definition of AIDS in English:


(also Aids)


  • [mass noun] A disease in which there is a severe loss of the body's cellular immunity, greatly lowering the resistance to infection and malignancy.

    • ‘Powell said entire generations were at risk from Aids and other infectious diseases.’
    • ‘Researchers are concerned that the way in which HIV and Aids is taught in schools adds to the stigma.’
    • ‘It is also, as is increasingly the case, a country where HIV and Aids are widespread.’
    • ‘To gain any knowledge of the nature of HIV / Aids it is necessary to dip into a wide spectrum of subjects.’
    • ‘As the slogan goes in Australia, just remember, Aids doesn't discriminate, people do.’
    • ‘Malaria kills more people than Aids in Africa, but this fact never seems to grab the headlines.’
    • ‘What might have been a story about dying of Aids became a story about living with HIV.’
    • ‘He said, hesitantly, that he thought she had done a lot for people with Aids and he had had friends who died of Aids.’
    • ‘Finally, a landmark in the history of HIV and Aids gave a signal for optimism.’
    • ‘The Aids pandemic in some rural areas has led to famine, that is affecting millions of people.’
    • ‘In her speech, she paid tribute to volunteers who take time to care for people living with Aids.’
    • ‘Four times as many Americans die of the flu each year now than they do of Aids.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most important area of this debate, however, relates to the early epidemiology of Aids.’
    • ‘A vaccine for malaria or Aids would be a longer time coming without them.’
    • ‘A person is said to have Aids when the immune system starts to fail and cannot fend off infections.’
    • ‘Councillors hope the move will help cut the borough's rising rates of HIV and Aids.’
    • ‘But Aids is a major issue made worse by the chaos and the lack of structure in the society.’
    • ‘The women also manufacture and administer a health drink to people infected with Aids.’
    • ‘In addition, using birth control, particularly condoms, would help stop the spread of Aids.’
    • ‘That is a higher fatality rate than heart disease, Aids and car accidents.’


1980s: acronym from acquired immune deficiency syndrome.