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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a disease of the immune system characterized by increased susceptibility to opportunistic infections, to certain cancers, and to neurological disorders: caused by a retrovirus and transmitted chiefly through blood or blood products that enter the body's bloodstream, esp. by sexual contact or contaminated hypodermic needles.

    Category: Pathology

Origin of AIDS:

1982; a(cquired)i(mmune)d(eficiency)s(yndrome)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. AIDS, acquired immune deficiency syndrome(noun)

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. AIDS(noun)ɪdz

    a disease that attacks the immune system


  1. AIDS

    Human immunodeficiency virus infection / acquired immunodeficiency syndrome is a disease of the human immune system caused by infection with human immunodeficiency virus. During the initial infection, a person may experience a brief period of influenza-like illness. This is typically followed by a prolonged period without symptoms. As the illness progresses, it interferes more and more with the immune system, making the person much more likely to get infections, including opportunistic infections and tumors that do not usually affect people who have working immune systems. HIV is transmitted primarily via unprotected sexual intercourse, contaminated blood transfusions, hypodermic needles, and from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding. Some bodily fluids, such as saliva and tears, do not transmit HIV. Prevention of HIV infection, primarily through safe sex and needle-exchange programs, is a key strategy to control the spread of the disease. There is no cure or vaccine; however, antiretroviral treatment can slow the course of the disease and may lead to a near-normal life expectancy. While antiretroviral treatment reduces the risk of death and complications from the disease, these medications are expensive and may be associated with side effects.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aids' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3142

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aids' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3883

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aids' in Nouns Frequency: #1940

Anagrams of aids

  1. dais, daïs, IADS, Said, said

Translations for aids

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome; a disease that affects the immune system

He had a blood test to see if he had AIDS.

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