- the relative ability of a microorganism to cause disease; degree of pathogenicity.
- the capability of a microorganism to cause disease.
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These common viruses are showing up at a distinctly uncommon time of year — and sometimes with uncommon virulence among children whose immune systems did not begin building up familiarity with them while the pandemic kept people isolated at home.As coronavirus recedes, colds and common viruses are back — especially among children|Amy Goldstein, Fenit Nirappil|June 16, 2021|Washington Post
With so-called “gain of function” experiments, for instance, scientists genetically manipulate viruses to probe their evolution—sometimes in ways that boost virulence or transmissibility.Did the coronavirus leak from a lab? These scientists say we shouldn’t rule it out.|Niall Firth|March 18, 2021|MIT Technology Review
Buckley’s editorial declared that the Birch Society had reached “a new level of virulence, a new level of panic.”Long before QAnon, Ronald Reagan and the GOP purged John Birch extremists from the party|Erick Trickey|January 15, 2021|Washington Post
We know that it almost certainly does not increase virulence, it isn’t a more deadly virus, number one.
By this thinking, if a germ requires a mobile host to spread, its virulence will, of necessity, decline.
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|Michael Daly|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some observers expect the virulence of the opposition to gay marriage to cool accordingly after the UMP leadership convention.
At his instigation a persecution of unprecedented virulence raged like an epidemic throughout the empire.The Catacombs of Rome|William Henry Withrow
I drew my sword, and threatened him but he was insensible to his danger; he reviled me, he spat at me with a child's virulence.Confessions of a Thug|Philip Meadows Taylor
The prisoners were freed from confinement; but the result of the trial was, that the virulence of the agitation for repeal abated.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
To add to our misfortunes, the cholera broke out in the fleets in Varna Bay and at Baltschik with extraordinary virulence.The British Expedition to the Crimea|William Howard Russell
Their conduct is a striking display, not only of the virulence of envy, but of the progress and resentful nature of anger.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I|Francis Augustus Cox