Meaning of AIDS in English

AIDS

/aydz/ , n. Pathol.

a disease of the immune system characterized by increased susceptibility to opportunistic infections, as pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and candidiasis, to certain cancers, as Kaposi's sarcoma, and to neurological disorders: caused by a retrovirus and transmitted chiefly through blood or blood products that enter the body's bloodstream, esp. by sexual contact or contaminated hypodermic needles. Cf. AIDS virus .

[ 1982; a ( cquired ) i ( mmune ) d ( eficiency ) s ( yndrome ) ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .