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  Retrovirus



Retrovirus

   A virus that produces DNA from RNA (the opposite of the normal order). A group of viruses that includes HIV.

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Virus
Ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts; many are pathogenic; a piece of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) wrapped in a thin coat of protein.

HIV
Human immunodeficiency virus. Species of lentivirus, subgenus primate lentiviruses (lentiviruses, primate), formerly designated T-cell lymphotropic virus type III/lymphadenopathy-associated virus (HTLV-III/LAV). It is acknowledged to be the agent responsible for the acute infectious manifestations, neurologic disorders, and immunologic abnormalities linked to the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.



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Retransplantation
Due to organ rejection or transplant failure, some patients return to the waiting list. Reducing the number of retransplants is a critical concern when examining ways to maximize a limited supply of organs.

Retreat Hospital
Retreat Hospital is a hospital in Richmond, Virginia (USA).

Retrobulbar
Behind the eyeball.

Retrobulbar neuritis
An inflammation of the optic nerve. It causes a loss in vision. It is sometimes indicative of a neurological disease.

Retroperitoneal
Residing behind the peritoneam; this chamber is not in the abdominal cavity. For instance the kidney is a retroperitoneal.

Retropulsion
The tendency to step backwards if bumped from the front or upon initiating walking, usually seen in patients who tend to lean backwards because of problems with balance.

Retrosternal
Posterior to the sternum.

Retrovir
Retrovir is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): zidovudine.



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Reservoir
A medical term used to describe a source of organisms causing a disease.

Respiration
The act or process of breathing. The process by which a living organism or cell takes in oxygen from the air or water and uses it.

Retardation
Delay or halt of any process such as mental or physical development.

Retinopathy
Degeneration of the retina.

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Behind the eyeball.

Retrovirus

Rh factor
One of the antigens present on red blood cells. Used in categorizing the type of blood a person has.

Rhinoplasty
Plastic surgery of the nose.

Rhinorrhea
Runny nose.

Ringworm
A fungal infection of the skin.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever
An infectious disease spread by tick bites.

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