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Definition of «Retrovirus»


Retrovirus: An RNA virus (a virus composed not of DNA but of RNA). Retroviruses have an enzyme called reverse transcriptase that gives them the unique property of transcribing RNA (their RNA) into DNA. The retroviral DNA can then integrate into the chromosomal DNA of the host cell to be expressed there. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the cause of AIDS, is a retrovirus.

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  • retrovirus: Definition from Answers.com

    Library > Literature & Language > Dictionary ( rĕt ' rō-vī ' rəs, rĕt ' rə-vī ' - ) n. , pl. , -rus·es . Any of a group of viruses, many of which produce ...

  • Retrovirus | Define Retrovirus at Dictionary.com

    noun, plural -rus·es. any of a family of single-stranded RNA viruses having a helical envelope and containing an enzyme that allows for a reversal of genetic ...

  • Retroviruses

    Introduction: Retroviruses have received much attention in recent years (even before the discovery of the first human retrovirus in 1981), but they have a long history:

  • retrovirus Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com ...

    retrovirus type of RNA virus that, unlike other RNA viruses, reproduces by transcribing itself into DNA. An enzyme called reverse transcriptase...

  • Retrovirus - New World Encyclopedia

    A retrovirus is a type of RNA virus that contains the enzyme reverse transcriptase, which allows its genetic information to be integrated into the host DNA.