any of a genus (Lentivirus) of retroviruses that have a slow but persistent rate of replication and cause various chronic, progressive diseases in hoofed animals, esp. sheep
Origin of lentivirusModern Latin from Classical Latin lentus, slow + virus
Any of a group of retroviruses of the genus Lentivirus that cause diseases with a long latent period and a slow, progressive course. HIV is a lentivirus.
Origin of lentivirusNew Latin Lentivīrus genus name Latin lentus slow virus