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noun [uncountable]     AIDS pronunciation in American English
  1. acquired immune deficiency syndrome: a serious disease that destroys the body’s immune system (=its ability to defend itself against infection) and usually causes death. AIDS is passed from one person to another through body fluids (=liquids), especially blood and semen. People first become HIV-positive and then develop full-blown AIDS

    an AIDS test

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