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Meaning of VIRULENCE

Pronunciation:  'viryuluns

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  extreme hostility; "the virulence of the malicious old man"
  2. [n]  extreme harmfulness (as the capacity of a microorganism to cause disease); "the virulence of the plague"
 

VIRULENCE is a 9 letter word that starts with V.

 

 Synonyms: virulency
 
 See Also: harmfulness, hostility, ill will, injuriousness

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Vir"u*lence\, Virulency \Vir"u*len*cy\, n. [Cf. F.
virulence, L. virulentia an offensive odor, a stench.]
1. The quality or state of being virulent or venomous;
   poisonousness; malignancy.

2. Extreme bitterness or malignity of disposition. ``Refuted
   without satirical virulency.'' --Barrow.

         The virulence of one declaimer, or the profundities
         and sublimities of the other.         --I. Taylor.

 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: The degree or ability of a pathogenic organism to cause disease.
 
Glossary
 
 Definition: The degree of ability of an organism to cause disease.
 

 

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