slow virus


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slow virus

n.
Any of a group of viruses that cause various diseases with a long latent period and a slow, progressive course, such as subacute sclerosing panencephalitis.

slow virus

n
(Pathology) any of a class of virus-like disease-causing agents known as prions that are present in the body for a long time before becoming active or infectious and are very resistant to radiation and similar factors: believed to be the cause of BSE and scrapie

slow′ vi`rus


n.
a virus or viruslike agent that remains dormant in the body for a long time before producing symptoms.
[1950–55]
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Noun1.slow virus - a virus that remains dormant in the body for a long time before symptoms appear; "kuru is caused by a slow virus"
virus - (virology) ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts; many are pathogenic; a piece of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) wrapped in a thin coat of protein
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(3,4) It is a slow virus infection caused by defective measles virus.
If CCCs reduced virus transmission from Ebola virus-infected patients to the community by 75% once the patient was admitted and if Ebola virus-negative patients have a 25% probability of exposure while waiting for test results, then the introduction of 500 CCC beds would slow virus transmission (Figure 3, panel B).