Lav



[lav] /læv/

noun, Informal.
1.
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1.
lymphadenopathy-associated virus.
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noun
1.
a variable retrovirus that invades and inactivates helper T cells of the immune system and is a cause of AIDS and AIDS-related complex: variants were identified in several laboratories and independently named lymphadenopathy-associated virus (LAV) human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 3 (HTLV-3) and AIDS-related virus (ARV) the name human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) being subsequently proposed by an international taxonomy committee.
/læv/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal) short for lavatory
n.

colloquial shortening of lavatory, attested from 1913.

LAV abbr.
lymphadenopathy-associated virus

noun

Lavatory; bathroom: ladies in the lav
lymphadenopathy-associated virus

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