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viral load

noun
1.
the amount or concentration of a virus, as HIV, in the blood.
Also called viral burden.
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Examples for viral load
  • Not enough cells were transplanted in the trial to cure the patients or even reduce their viral load.
  • Birds that migrate across continents tend to have a higher viral load than those that stay at home year round.
  • If the body is actively making antibodies, you could feasibly reduce the viral load to almost nothing.
  • They point out that a key factor in the spread of the disease is the viral load.
  • Doctors complain about patients who think that because their viral load is undetectable, the virus must be gone from their bodies.
viral load in Science
viral load
  (vī'rəl)   
The concentration of a virus, such as HIV, in the blood.
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