virulence

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

vir·u·lence

noun \ˈvir-ə-lən(t)s, ˈvir-yə-\

Definition of VIRULENCE

:  the quality or state of being virulent: as
a :  extreme bitterness or malignity of temper :  rancor
b :  malignancy, venomousness <the virulence of a disease>
c :  the relative capacity of a pathogen to overcome body defenses

Examples of VIRULENCE

  1. <I was surprised by the virulence of the criticism.>

First Known Use of VIRULENCE

1617

vir·u·lence

noun \ˈvir-(y)ə-lən(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VIRULENCE

: the quality or state of being virulent: as a : relative severity and malignancy <ameliorate the virulence of a disease> b : the relative capacity of a pathogen to overcome body defenses—compare infectivity

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