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venom

[ven-uh m]
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noun
  1. the poisonous fluid that some animals, as certain snakes and spiders, secrete and introduce into the bodies of their victims by biting, stinging, etc.
  2. something resembling or suggesting poison in its effect; spite; malice: the venom of jealousy.
  3. Archaic. poison in general.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to make venomous; envenom.
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Origin of venom

1175–1225; variant of Middle English venim < Anglo-French; Old French venim, venin < Vulgar Latin *venīmen, for Latin venēnum magical herb or potion, poison < *wenes-nom, equivalent to *wenes- desire (see venerate, Venus) + *-nom noun suffix
Related formsven·om·less, adjectiveout·ven·om, verb (used with object)un·ven·omed, adjective

Synonyms for venom

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1. See poison. 2. malignity, acrimony, bitterness, acerbity, gall, spleen, hate.
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Related Words for venom

hatred, rancor, toxin, bitterness, virus, grudge, acrimony, anger, spite, malignity, malevolence, spleen, malice, infection, contagion, bane, spitefulness, maliciousness, virulence, acidity

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British Dictionary definitions for venom

venom

noun
  1. a poisonous fluid secreted by such animals as certain snakes and scorpions and usually transmitted by a bite or sting
  2. malice; spite
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Derived Formsvenomless, adjectivevenomous, adjectivevenomously, adverbvenomousness, noun

Word Origin for venom

C13: from Old French venim, from Latin venēnum poison, love potion; related to venus sexual love
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Word Origin and History for venom

n.

early 13c., from Anglo-French and Old French venim, from Vulgar Latin *venimen (cf. Italian veleno, Spanish veneno), from Latin venenum "poison," earlier (pre-classical) "drug, potion," probably originally "love potion," from PIE *wenes-no-, and thus connected to venus "erotic love" (see Venus), Sanskrit van- "wish, desire, gain." The meaning "bitter, virulent feeling or language" is first recorded c.1300.

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venom in Medicine

venom

(vĕnəm)
n.
  1. A poisonous secretion of an animal, such as a snake, spider, or scorpion, usually transmitted by a bite or sting.
  2. A poison.
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venom in Science

venom

[vĕnəm]
  1. Any of various poisonous substances secreted by certain snakes, spiders, scorpions, and insects and transmitted to a victim by a bite or sting. Venoms are highly concentrated fluids that typically consist of dozens or hundreds of powerful enzymes, peptides, and smaller organic compounds. These compounds target and disable specific chemicals in the victim, damaging cellular and organ system function. Snake venoms, for example, contain substances that block platelet aggregation (causing bleeding) and that prevent the release of acetylcholine by nerve endings (causing muscle paralysis). Many substances contained in venoms are under investigation for use as pharmaceuticals.
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