One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(chiefly of a drug or treatment) effective against viruses.
- ‘Ideally, patients should hold a stock of antiviral drugs for self treatment.’
- ‘Harms of antiviral treatment may include drug hypersensitivity and renal impairment.’
- ‘Specific antiviral treatment has been effective in improving the survival of the patients.’
- ‘An urgent need exists for effective antiviral drugs to prevent and treat SARS.’
- ‘For infections caused by the chickenpox or herpes viruses, antiviral drugs may be prescribed if the infection is caught early.’
(of software) designed to detect, remove, or offer protection against computer viruses.
- ‘Users are advised not to open suspicious attachments and to update their antiviral signatures to block the virus.’
- ‘Antiviral software cannot possibly keep up.’
- ‘Like the antiviral programs, they will always be reacting to the last exploit, not anticipating the next.’
- ‘Likewise your anti-viral and anti-malware programs will also download little updates on your behalf.’
- ‘Antiviral products cannot recognize and deter new viruses.’
An antiviral drug or medicine.
- ‘Hence a natural anti-viral produced by a plant to defend itself can also be used by a human as an anti-viral.’
- ‘An antiviral is something one takes after you've already become sick.’
- ‘We were talking about it in our meeting this morning, the growing of a virus and trying to make an antiviral and all of that.’
- ‘The beauty of EBM is that it ignores mechanisms and looks at the bottom line: does the antiviral reduce the duration of illness?’
- ‘And if it is, what they can do is that they they can't give you an antiviral for this.’
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