Meaning of AIDS virus

AIDS' vi"rus

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a variable retrovirus that invades and inactivates helper T cells of the immune system and is a cause of AIDS and AIDS-related complex: variants were identified in several laboratories and independently named lymphadenopathy-associated virushuman T-cell lymphotropic virus type 3and AIDS-related virusthe name human immunodeficiency virusbeing subsequently proposed by an international taxonomy committee.
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