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Meaning of slow virus

slow' vi"rus

Pronunciation: [key]
— Pathol. Pathol.
  1. a virus that remains dormant in the body for a long time before producing symptoms, as in several neurological diseases, including kuru and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
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