View synonyms for lethality


[ lee-thal-i-tee ]


  1. the capacity to cause great harm, destruction, or death:

    Many pathogens are self-limited by their own lethality—the host dies before it has a chance to spread the pathogen.

  2. the likelihood of causing great harm, destruction, or death:

    Mutations can increase or decrease lethality, but most viruses mutate to less lethal forms.

  3. death:

    Prion diseases, such as so-called “mad cow,” are characterized by neurodegeneration and lethality.

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About an hour after the high court’s action, Hall was put to death by lethal injection in the Bureau of Prison’s facility in Terre Haute, Ind.

That trio would represent the best top-end talent in the Eastern Conference and offer a lethal combination of scoring, playmaking and shooting to Steve Nash, the Nets’ new coach.

The Justice Department has carried out more lethal injections in the past four months than the total number the federal government executed over the previous three decades.

However, research has found that after farmers target wolves with lethal management, the canids increasingly prey on their neighbors' livestock.

Patient advocates counter that too much went wrong once the virus was inside, lethal containment lapses that should have been cited by inspectors.

Zyklon B, a gas used by the Nazis in the death camps, is a haunting example of the rapid lethality of one form, hydrogen cyanide.

But the Boston bombings are still somewhat unusual for their lethality and success in America.

But the volatility of the Syria situation and the lethality of the weapons involved justify such an initiative.

True, the study strongly demonstrates the lethality of obesity.

There is a lot that could be done to reduce the frequency and lethality of such crimes.





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