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human immunodeficiency virus

noun [S] uk   us   (abbreviation HIV) specialized
the virus that causes AIDS (= a serious disease that destroys the body's ability to fight infection)
Translations of “human immunodeficiency virus”
in Chinese (Traditional) 人體免疫缺乏病毒,愛滋病病毒…
in Chinese (Simplified) 人体免疫缺损病毒,艾滋病病毒…
(Definition of human immunodeficiency virus from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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