an agent (e.g., AZT, ddI, d4T) that suppresses
the activity or replication of retroviruses such as HIV. Antiretroviral
drugs interfere with various stages of the virus' life cycle, for example
reverse transcriptase inhibitors (e.g., AZT, ddI, 3TC), protease inhibitors
(e.g., saquinavir, ritonavir) and integrase inhibitors.
Substances used against retroviruses (see)
such as HIV.
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