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virulence

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noun vir·u·lence \ˈvir-ə-lən(t)s, ˈvir-yə-\

Definition of virulence

  1. :  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 in a sentence

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



1617

First Known Use of virulence

1617


Medical Dictionary

virulence

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noun vir·u·lence \ˈvir-(y)ə-lən(t)s\

Medical Definition of virulence

  1. :  the quality or state of being virulent: asa:  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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