Definition of


  1. (noun, state) a serious (often fatal) disease of the immune system transmitted through blood products especially by sexual contact or contaminated needles

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Alternate forms of Aids

Hypernyms: immunodeficiency, infectious disease

Origin of the word Aids

  1. 1982, acronym formed from acquired immune deficiency syndrome. AIDS cocktail attested by 1997, the thing itself said to have been in use from 1995. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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