- AIDS virus
- human immunodeficiency viruses
- human T-lymphotropic virus type III
- The virus isolated and recognized as the etiologic agent of AIDS. HIV-1 is classified as a lentivirus, a subtype of retroviruses.
Definition from: NCI Thesaurus via Unified Medical Language System at the National Library of Medicine
- Human immunodeficiency virus, the cause of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
National Cancer Institute
- Any of several retroviruses and especially HIV-1 that infect and destroy helper T cells of the immune system causing the marked reduction in their numbers that is diagnostic of AIDS -- called also AIDS virus, human immunodeficiency virus.
Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary by Merriam-Webster Inc.
Related discussion in the Handbook
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.