- 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 virulencyembitterment, fury, cynicism, malice, rancor, umbrage, pique, dudgeon, displeasure, irritation, gall, offense, annoyance, perturbation, wrath, spite, acrimony, exasperation, acerbity, passion
Examples from the Web for virulency
Historical Examples of 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
1660s (virulency attested from 1610s), from Latin virulentia, from virulentus (see virulent).