- the relative ability of a microorganism to cause disease; degree of pathogenicity.
- the capability of a microorganism to cause disease.
Origin of virulence
Related Words for virulenceembitterment, fury, cynicism, malice, rancor, umbrage, pique, dudgeon, displeasure, irritation, gall, offense, annoyance, perturbation, wrath, spite, acrimony, exasperation, acerbity, passion
Examples from the Web for virulence
Contemporary Examples of virulence
And, if anything, it is all the more urgent as Islamic extremism appears to be increasing in size and virulence.NYPD Will Continue Spying in the Muslim Community With Undercovers, Informants
April 16, 2014
Some observers expect the virulence of the opposition to gay marriage to cool accordingly after the UMP leadership convention.In France, Battle for Gay Marriage Heats Up
November 10, 2012
Historical Examples of virulence
"We don't scare worth a cent," she snapped, with the virulence of a vixen.Within the Law
It is then said that the virulence of the microbe is attenuated.
All her friends were beginning to hate her with virulence, so lucky had she been!Is He Popenjoy?
Even the virulence of the dreaded Tarantula's bite has been greatly exaggerated.Chatterbox, 1905.
The epidemic had died out not because of lack of virulence but because of lack of victims.Pandemic
Jesse Franklin Bone
1660s (virulency attested from 1610s), from Latin virulentia, from virulentus (see virulent).