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n. pl. pro·vi·rus·es
A form of a virus that allows it to be integrated into the genome of a host cell and to replicate in concert with the cell's genetic material without causing cell lysis.
pro′vi′ral (-rəl) adj.
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(Pathology) the inactive form of a virus in a host cell
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pro•vi•rus(ˈproʊˌvaɪ rəs, proʊˈvaɪ-)
n., pl. -rus•es.
a viral form that is incorporated into the genetic material of a host cell.
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|Noun||1.||provirus - cDNA copy of the RNA genome of a retrovirus; the genetic material of a virus as incorporated into and able to replicate with the genome of a host cell|
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