AIDS

AIDS
noun Etymology: acquired immunodeficiency syndrome Date: 1982 a disease of the human immune system that is characterized cytologically especially by reduction in the numbers of CD4-bearing helper T cells to 20 percent or less of normal thereby rendering the subject highly vulnerable to life-threatening conditions (as Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia) and to some (as Kaposi's sarcoma) that become life-threatening and that is caused by infection with HIV commonly transmitted in infected blood especially during illicit intravenous drug use and in bodily secretions (as semen) during sexual intercourse

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  • Aids — Aids …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • Aids — Sn ( ?; der isolierte Gebrauch des Wortes wird vermieden, so daß eine Genuszuweisung nicht erkennbar ist) erw. fach. (20. Jh.) Kunstbildung. Entlehnt aus dem am. e. Akronym Aids (AIDS) für Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Erworbenes… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Aids — the virus condition, was the most memorable acronym of the 20c based on acquired immune deficiency syndrome. The spelling as a word with a capital initial has superseded the older form AIDS, a preference intensified by the occurrence of several… …   Modern English usage

  • AIDS — also Aids BrE [eıdz] n [U] Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome a very serious disease that stops your body from defending itself against infections, and usually causes death ▪ the AIDS virus ▪ Aids sufferers ▪ full blown AIDS (=AIDS at its most… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • AIDS — [ eıdz ] noun uncount ** acquired immune deficiency syndrome: a serious disease that destroys the body s IMMUNE SYSTEM (=its ability to defend itself against infection) and usually causes death. AIDS is passed from one person to another through… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • AIDS — UK / US or Aids UK [eɪdz] / US noun [uncountable] ** acquired immune deficiency syndrome: a serious disease that destroys the body s immune system (= its ability to defend itself against infection) and usually causes death. AIDS is passed from… …   English dictionary

  • Aids — UK / US or Aids UK [eɪdz] / US noun [uncountable] ** acquired immune deficiency syndrome: a serious disease that destroys the body s immune system (= its ability to defend itself against infection) and usually causes death. AIDS is passed from… …   English dictionary

  • AIDS — AIDS, Aids 〈[ɛıdz] ohne Artikel; Abk. für〉 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (erworbenes Immunschwächesyndrom), durch ein Virus hervorgerufenes Syndrom von Immunschwäche, das im Verlauf der Krankheit zum Zusammenbruch des körpereigenen… …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • Aids — AIDS, Aids 〈[ɛıdz] ohne Artikel; Abk. für〉 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (erworbenes Immunschwächesyndrom), durch ein Virus hervorgerufenes Syndrom von Immunschwäche, das im Verlauf der Krankheit zum Zusammenbruch des körpereigenen… …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • AIDS — s.m. e f.inv. CO TS med. → sindrome da immunodeficienza acquisita {{line}} {{/line}} VARIANTI: Aids. DATA: 1982. ETIMO: dall ingl. AIDS, propr. sigla di Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome sindrome da immunodeficienza acquisita …   Dizionario italiano

  • Aids — macht uns bewußt, daß wir nicht unsterblich sind. Aids entlarvt den Jugendkult, der nur gesunde, produktive und kräftige Menschen zuließ, als Absurdität. «Rosa von Praunheim [* 1942]; dt. Filmregisseur» Alle Menschen, die sonst nichts verhindern …   Zitate - Herkunft und Themen

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