[vir-yuh-luh ns, vir-uh-]
- quality of being virulent.
- the relative ability of a microorganism to cause disease; degree of pathogenicity.
- the capability of a microorganism to cause disease.
- venomous hostility.
- intense sharpness of temper.
Origin of virulence
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Examples from the Web for virulency
Sometimes, without doubt, the virulency of the disease is lessened.The Pears of New York
U. P. Hedrick
The controversy between the two is noted for the virulency of the personal invective.Hazlitt on English Literature
And the prophets, in spite of their virulency, produced the highest forms of artistic beauty.The Literature of Ecstasy
Thirdly, from the virulency of the liquor it ejects, and the sad effects and symptoms that follow it.Micrographia</p>
- the quality of being virulent
- the capacity of a microorganism for causing disease
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Word Origin and History for virulency
1660s (virulency attested from 1610s), from Latin virulentia, from virulentus (see virulent).
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- The quality of being poisonous.
- The capacity of a microorganism to cause disease.
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“Virulent” substances or organisms are extremely pathogenic or toxic.
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