Definition of human T cell lymphotropic virus in English:

human T cell lymphotropic virus

(also HTLV)

noun

  • Any of a group of retroviruses that cause disease by attacking T cells.

    • ‘Simian T cell lymphotropic viruses are highly related to the human form human T cell lymphotropic viruses type 1, and the best evidence indicates that HTLV arose by cross-species transmission from nonhuman primates.’
    • ‘The human T cell lymphotropic viruses types I / II are not involved in T prolymphocytic leukemia and large granular lymphocytic leukemia.’
    • ‘Brazil may have the highest absolute number of individuals infected by human T cell lymphotropic virus type 1.’

Pronunciation

human T cell lymphotropic virus

/-ˈtrōpik/