acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

Pronunciation: (uh-KWY-erd IH-myoo-noh-dih-FIH-shun-see SIN-drome)

A disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). People with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome are at an increased risk for developing certain cancers and for infections that usually occur only in individuals with a weak immune system. Also called AIDS.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2008-01-28