[lav] /læv/

noun, Informal.
lymphadenopathy-associated virus.
See under .
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.
(Brit, informal) short for lavatory

colloquial shortening of lavatory, attested from 1913.

LAV abbr.
lymphadenopathy-associated virus


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


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