virulence

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

Definition of virulence

: the quality or state of being virulent: such 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.

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First Known Use of virulence

1617


Medical Dictionary

virulence

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

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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