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Definitions of retrovirus

  1. any of a group of viruses that contain two single- strand linear RNA molecules per virion and reverse transcriptase ( RNA to DNA)
  2. Family of RNA viruses that infects birds and mammals and encodes the enzyme reverse transcriptase. The family contains seven genera: DELTARETROVIRUS; LENTIVIRUS; RETROVIRUSES TYPE B, MAMMALIAN; ALPHARETROVIRUS; GAMMARETROVIRUS; RETROVIRUSES TYPE D; and SPUMAVIRUS. A key feature of retrovirus biology is the synthesis of a DNA copy of the genome which is integrated into cellular DNA. After integration it is sometimes not expressed but maintained in a latent state ( PROVIRUSES).
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Quotes of retrovirus

  1. One could not have isolated this retrovirus without knowledge of other retroviruses, that's obvious. But I believe we have answered the criteria of isolation. – Luc Montagnier

Usage examples for retrovirus

  1. You triggered the release of a retrovirus – An Encounter in Atlanta by Ed Howdershelt

Rhymes for retrovirus