vir·​u·​len·​cy ˈvir-ə-lən(t)-sē How to pronounce virulency (audio)

Example Sentences

the virulency of his critical judgments became the stuff of Broadway legend
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Word History

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of virulency was in 1616

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“Virulency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


vir·​u·​len·​cy -lən-sē How to pronounce virulency (audio)
plural virulencies
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