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RETROVIRUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does retrovirus mean? 

RETROVIRUS (noun)
  The noun RETROVIRUS has 1 sense:

1. any of a group of viruses that contain two single-strand linear RNA molecules per virion and reverse transcriptase (RNA to DNA)

  Familiarity information: RETROVIRUS used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


RETROVIRUS (noun)


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Meaning:

Any of a group of viruses that contain two single-strand linear RNA molecules per virion and reverse transcriptase (RNA to DNA)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("retrovirus" is a kind of...):

animal virus (an animal pathogen that is a virus)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "retrovirus"):

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)


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