Meaning of RETROVIRUS in English


"ˌ noun

Etymology: New Latin, from retro- + virus

: any of a family (Retroviridae) of single-stranded RNA viruses (as HIV and Rous sarcoma virus) that produce reverse transcriptase by means of which DNA is synthesized using their RNA as a template and incorporated into the genome of infected cells and that include numerous tumorigenic viruses

• ret·ro·viral "ˌ adjective

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.