slow virus
noun Date: 1954 any of various prions or viruses with a long incubation period between infection and development of a degenerative disease (as scrapie or Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease)

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  • slow virus — n any of various viruses or prions having a long incubation period between infection and the clinical appearance of the slowly progressive serious or fatal disease (as scrapie or Creutzfeldt Jakob disease) associated with it * * * one of a group… …   Medical dictionary

  • slow virus — n. any of a number of viruses or viruslike infective agents that incubate for months or years before the manifestation of symptoms …   English World dictionary

  • Slow virus — A slow virus is a virus, or a viruslike agent, etiologically associated with a disease having a long incubation period of months to years with a gradual onset frequently terminating in severe illness and/or death.A slow virus disease is a disease …   Wikipedia

  • slow virus — noun a virus that remains dormant in the body for a long time before symptoms appear kuru is caused by a slow virus • Hypernyms: ↑virus …   Useful english dictionary

  • slow virus — slow′ vi rus n. mcr a virus or viruslike agent that remains dormant in the body for a long time before producing symptoms • Etymology: 1950–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • slow virus — (1) Specifically one of the Lentivirinae. (2) Any virus causing a disease that has a very slow onset. Diseases such as sub acute spongiform encephalopathy, Aleutian disease of mink, scrapie, kuru, and Creutzfeldt Jacob disease may be caused by… …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • slow virus — noun a virus or virus like organism that multiplies slowly in the host organism and has a long incubation period …   English new terms dictionary

  • slow virus — Pathol. 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. [1950 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • slow virus — /ˈsloʊ vaɪrəs/ (say sloh vuyruhs) noun a virus or similar organism which has a long incubation period extending to years or decades, as that causing Creutzfeldt Jakob disease; the first recognised lentivirus …   Australian English dictionary

  • slow virus — one of a group of infective disease agents that resemble viruses in some of their biological properties but whose physical properties (e.g. sensitivity to radiation) suggest that they may not contain nucleic acid. They are now more commonly known …   The new mediacal dictionary

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