hy·​per·​vir·​u·​lent ˌhī-pər-ˈvir-ə-lənt How to pronounce hypervirulent (audio)
variants or hyper-virulent
: extremely or unusually virulent
hypervirulent strains of the bacteria
hypervirulence noun
or hyper-virulence
hypervirulence of novel clostridial strains

Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypervirulent was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Hypervirulent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypervirulent. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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