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[fuhl-muh-nuh nt] /ˈfʌl mə nənt/
occurring suddenly and with great intensity or severity; fulminating.
Pathology. developing or progressing suddenly:
fulminant plague.
Origin of fulminant
1595-1605; < Latin fulminant- (stem of fulmināns), present participle of fulmināre to fulminate; see -ant
Related forms
unfulminant, adjective Unabridged
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  • In some cases, the fulminant fluid only attacks the colour of the hair of the animal.

    Thunder and Lightning Camille Flammarion
  • Such cases are not so rare as they are thought, though they are seldom so fulminant.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • Thus we describe certain cases as ambulant, abortive, larval and fulminant.

    Plague Thomas Wright Jackson
  • The howl that would go up in the Diet, or the Reichstag, the fulminant denials by prince and king and government!

  • We also have the sadly familiar type described as the fulminant or, literally, "lightning-stroke" variety.

    Preventable Diseases Woods Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for fulminant


/ˈfʌlmɪnənt; ˈfʊl-/
sudden and violent; fulminating
(pathol) (of pain) sudden and sharp; piercing
Word Origin
C17: from Latin fulmināre to cause lightning, from fulmen lightning that strikes
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Word Origin and History for fulminant

c.1600, from French fulminant or directly from Latin fulminantem (nominative fulminans), present participle of fulminare (see fulminate). As a noun from 1808.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fulminant in Medicine

fulminant ful·mi·nant (ful'mə-nənt, fŭl'-)
Occurring suddenly, rapidly, and with great severity or intensity, usually of pain.

ful'mi·nat'ing (-nā'tĭng) adj.
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