supervirulent

virulent

[vir-yuh-luhnt, vir-uh-]
adjective
1.
actively poisonous; intensely noxious: a virulent insect bite.
2.
Medicine/Medical. highly infective; malignant or deadly.
3.
Bacteriology. causing clinical symptoms.
4.
violently or spitefully hostile.
5.
intensely bitter, spiteful, or malicious: a virulent attack.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English verulent < Latin vīrulentus, equivalent to vīr(us) poison (see virus) + -ulentus -ulent

virulently, adverb
hypervirulent, adjective
hypervirulently, adverb
nonvirulent, adjective
nonvirulently, adverb
supervirulent, adjective
supervirulently, adverb
unvirulent, adjective
unvirulently, adverb

violent, virulent.


1. venomous. 5. vicious, acerbic.


1. harmless.
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virulent (ˈvɪrʊlənt)
 
adj
1.  a.  (of a microorganism) extremely infective
 b.  (of a disease) having a rapid course and violent effect
2.  extremely poisonous, injurious, etc
3.  extremely bitter, hostile, etc
 
[C14: from Latin vīrulentus full of poison, from vīrus poison; see virus]
 
'virulently
 
adv

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virulent
1400, in ref. to wounds, ulcers, etc., "full of corrupt or poisonous matter," from L. virulentus "poisonous," from virus "poison" (see virus). Fig. sense of "violent, spiteful" is attested from 1607.
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virulent vir·u·lent (vēr'yə-lənt, vēr'ə-)
adj.

  1. Extremely infectious, malignant, or poisonous. Used of a disease or toxin.

  2. Capable of causing disease by breaking down protective mechanisms of the host. Used of a pathogen.

  3. Intensely irritating, obnoxious, or harsh.

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