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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.
(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
a virus or viruslike agent that remains dormant in the body for a long time before producing symptoms.
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|Noun||1.||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