Definition of lentivirus in English:

lentivirus

noun

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

    • ‘Svendsen and his team approached the problem using a genetically engineered viral structure known as a lentivirus.’
    • ‘As long as the HIV lentivirus lived in monkeys, it was not a threat for humans.’
    • ‘One feature that distinguishes lentiviruses such as HIV from the other retroviruses is the complexity of the lentiviral genome.’
    • ‘Much research in the meantime had been directed to treatments for HLTV - 3 in a futile effort, because it was a lentivirus after all.’
    • ‘Can't HIV, which is really a lentivirus, infect non-dividing cells?’

Origin

1970s: from Latin lentus slow + virus.

Pronunciation:

lentivirus

/ˈlɛntɪˌvʌɪrəs/