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: such asa :  extreme bitterness or malignity of temper :  rancorb :  malignancy, venomousness the virulence of a diseasec :  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

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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 diseaseb:  the relative capacity of a pathogen to overcome body defenses—compare infectivity



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