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acquired immune deficiency syndrome
A disease that is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and compromises the competency of the immune system; characterized by persistent lymphadenopathy, opportunistic infections, and malignancies. HIV infection is transmitted by sexual intercourse, by blood and blood products, and perinatally from infected mother to child (prepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum via breast milk).
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From McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Environmental Science.  The Content is a copyrighted work of McGraw-Hill and McGraw-Hill reserves all rights in and to the Content.  The Work is © 2008 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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