either of two retroviruses that infect human T cells and cause AIDS
Origin of HIVh(uman) i(mmunodeficiency) v(irus)
A retrovirus of the genus Lentivirus that causes AIDS by infecting helper T cells of the immune system. The most common serotype, HIV-1, is distributed worldwide, while HIV-2 is primarily confined to West Africa.
Origin of HIVh(uman) i(mmunodeficiency) v(irus).
NounSee also: hiv
- (virology) Initialism of human immunodeficiency virus.
- HIV negative