defective virus


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defective virus

[di′fek·tiv ′vī·rəs]
(virology)
A virus, such as adeno-associated satellite virus, that can grow and reproduce only in the presence of another virus.
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Nonetheless, Fauci says, the Australian group's work shows definitively that one of the avenues to long-term nonprogression is infection with a defective virus. What's more, the work "fortifies the idea that you can have an attenuated virus in an individual without causing disease."