Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Destroying or inhibiting the growth and reproduction of viruses.
  • adj. Computer Science Of or relating to an antivirus.
  • adj. Computer Science Eliminating or inhibiting the effectiveness of viruses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Inhibiting the growth and reproduction of a virus.
  • adj. Eliminating or inhibiting the action of a computer virus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any drug that destroys viruses
  • adj. inhibiting or stopping the growth and reproduction of viruses

Etymologies

anti- +‎ viral. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • While vaccines can be seen as great preventative measures, this antiviral is a cure.

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  • Identification of virus − host interactions has provided information on how HIV evades the host's immune system by impairing lymphocyte function, by constantly changing and by hiding its genome in the host lymphocyte DNA, making its eradication in the infected host difficult even after long-term antiviral treatment.

    Planet Atheism

  • Results from 6-month follow-up of Intercell's therapeutic Hepatitis C vaccine showed statistically significant and long-term antiviral effect in Phase II patients

    Presseportal

  • It's more like "antiviral" - something which most apps feel they need to be to survive these days.

    TechCrunch

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  • There is a magnet that can detect malaria at the flick of a switch, a flu-resistant chicken, an 'antiviral' tomato & a vaccine enhanced with the use of a laser.

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Bill Gates funds British scientists in unorthodox health research

  • I rather agree with Scottish Tory public health spokesman Jackson Carlaw who has said that : "It is nothing short of disgraceful that a licence payer funded body is storing away an antiviral which is free on the NHS."

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  • Concerning the biological activity, especially of the antitumour and cytotoxic nature already identified in this plant, this study identified other structures that had never been stated before and demonstrated other therapeutic activities such as antiviral, and the pharmacological effect at the level of platelet aggregation and cardiac ailments.

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  • Identification of virus − host interactions has provided information on how HIV evades the host’s immune system by impairing lymphocyte function, by constantly changing and by hiding its genome in the host lymphocyte DNA, making its eradication in the infected host difficult even after long-term antiviral treatment.

    The 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine - Press Release

  • THERE is a magnet that can detect malaria at the flick of a switch, a flu-resistant chicken, an "antiviral" tomato and a vaccine enhanced with the use of a laser.

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