Definition of slow virus in US English:

slow virus


  • A virus or virus-like organism that multiplies slowly in the host organism and has a long incubation period.

    • ‘‘Maybe it's like the turtle and the hare,’ he says, and the slow virus will eventually win.’
    • ‘Eventually, they identify kuru as a brain-affecting slow virus.’
    • ‘Modern epidemics of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, Mad Cow's disease) are attributed to the slow virus contamination of human brain tissue by using animal cultures in grafts and drug products.’
    • ‘These diseases in the recent past were called slow virus diseases.’
    • ‘They have been called slow virus diseases but are now known not to be caused by viruses.’