Definitions

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

  • adjective Destroying or inhibiting the growth and reproduction of viruses.
  • adjective Of or relating to antivirus software.
  • adjective Eliminating or inhibiting the effectiveness of viruses.
  • noun An antiviral drug.

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  • adjective medicine Inhibiting the growth and reproduction of a virus.
  • adjective computing Eliminating or inhibiting the action of a computer virus.

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  • noun any drug that destroys viruses
  • adjective inhibiting or stopping the growth and reproduction of viruses

Etymologies

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anti- +‎ viral.

Examples

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

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Smallpox in the garage

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

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Smallpox in the garage

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

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Smallpox in the garage

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    WordPress.com News

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

    TechCrunch

  • VIEW FAVORITES yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Bill Gates funds British scientists in unorthodox health research'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = '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

  • 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

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