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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A severe immunological disorder caused by the retrovirus HIV, resulting in a defect in cell-mediated immune response that is manifested by increased susceptibility to opportunistic infections and to certain rare cancers, especially Kaposi's sarcoma. It is transmitted primarily by exposure to infected body fluids, especially blood and semen.

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  • initialism pathology acquired immune deficiency syndrome

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  • noun a serious (often fatal) disease of the immune system transmitted through blood products especially by sexual contact or contaminated needles

Etymologies

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

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

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