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retrovirus

Definitions of retrovirus
  1. noun
    any of a group of viruses that contain two single-strand linear RNA molecules per virion and reverse transcriptase (RNA to DNA); the virus transcribes its RNA into a cDNA provirus that is then incorporated into the host cell
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    types:
    HTLV-1, human T-cell leukemia virus-1
    retrovirus causing T-cell leukemia
    HIV, human immunodeficiency virus
    the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS); it replicates in and kills the helper T cells
    type of:
    animal virus
    an animal pathogen that is a virus
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