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provirus

[proh-vahy-ruh s, proh-vahy-] /ˈproʊˌvaɪ rəs, proʊˈvaɪ-/
noun, plural proviruses.
1.
a viral form that is incorporated into the genetic material of a host cell.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; pro-1 + virus, on the model of prophage
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  • The site of integration in the host genome influences the expression of the integrated provirus.
British Dictionary definitions for provirus

provirus

/ˈprəʊˌvaɪrəs/
noun
1.
the inactive form of a virus in a host cell
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provirus in Medicine

provirus pro·vi·rus (prō'vī'rəs, prō-vī'-)
n. pl. pro·vi·rus·es
The precursor or latent form of a virus that is capable of being integrated into the genetic material of a host cell and being replicated with it.

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