slow virus disease
A progressive, pathological process caused by a transmissible agent (virus or prion) that remains clinically silent during a prolonged incubation period of months to years after which progressive clinical disease becomes apparent.

Microbiology. . 2009.

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  • Disease — Illness or sickness often characterized by typical patient problems (symptoms) and physical findings (signs). Disruption sequence: The events that occur when a fetus that is developing normally is subjected to a destructive agent such as the… …   Medical dictionary

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