Meaning of “AIDS” in the English Dictionary

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"AIDS" in British English

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AIDSnoun [ U ]

also Aids uk /eɪdz/ us /eɪdz/

abbreviation for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: a serious disease caused by a virus that destroys the body's natural protection from infection:

Don had full-blown AIDS for over a year before he died.
people living with AIDS
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  • They run a walk-in advice and treatment centre for AIDS sufferers.
  • We're raising funds for a charity that helps children affected by HIV and AIDS.
  • He recently learned that his ex-partner is dying of AIDS.
  • In Africa, AIDS is killing 6,000 people every day.
  • The actor is receiving treatment for AIDS at a leading clinic.

(Definition of “AIDS” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"AIDS" in American English

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AIDSnoun [ U ]

us /eɪdz/

abbreviation for acquired immune deficiency syndrome (= serious disease caused by a virus that destroys the body’s natural protection from infection and can result in death)

(Definition of “AIDS” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)