a virus that remains dormant in the body for a long time before producing symptoms, as in several neurological diseases, including kuru and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
any of a class of virus-like disease-causing agents known as prions that are present in the body for a long time before becoming active or infectious and are very resistant to radiation and similar factors: believed to be the cause of BSE and scrapie
slow virus n.
Any of a group of animal viruses that cause various diseases that exhibit an unusually slow progressive course, as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Also called lentivirus.
- Slow virus disease
slow virus disease n. A disease caused by a slow virus.
noun, Physiology. 1. delta wave.
- Slow-wave sleep
[sloh-weyv] /ˈsloʊˈweɪv/ noun, Physiology. 1. a recurrent period of deep sleep, typically totaling five or six hours a night, distinguished by the presence of slow brain waves and by very little dreaming.
adjective 1. mentally slow or dull; slow in comprehension and thinking. adjective 1. slow in comprehension; unintelligent