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HIV/AIDS Glossary

Apoptosis

Synonym(s): Programmed Cell Death

The deliberate, programmed death of a cell. Apoptosis is a normal biological process that helps the body stay healthy by eliminating old or damaged cells. One of the ways that HIV infection gradually destroys the immune system is by causing apoptosis of CD4 T lymphocytes (CD4 cells).

Related Term(s): CD4 T Lymphocyte

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