an·ti·vi·ral (ăn′tē-vīrəl, ăn′tī-)
1. Destroying or inhibiting the growth and reproduction of viruses.
a. Of or relating to antivirus software.
b. Eliminating or inhibiting the effectiveness of viruses.
An antiviral drug.
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