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virulent

[vir-yuh-luh nt, vir-uh-] /ˈvɪr yə lənt, ˈvɪr ə-/
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
1350-1400; Middle English verulent < Latin vīrulentus, equivalent to vīr(us) poison (see virus) + -ulentus -ulent
Related forms
virulently, adverb
hypervirulent, adjective
hypervirulently, adverb
nonvirulent, adjective
nonvirulently, adverb
supervirulent, adjective
supervirulently, adverb
unvirulent, adjective
unvirulently, adverb
Can be confused
violent, virulent.
Synonyms
1. venomous. 5. vicious, acerbic.
Antonyms
1. harmless.
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British Dictionary definitions for supervirulent

virulent

/ˈvɪrʊlənt/
adjective
1.
  1. (of a microorganism) extremely infective
  2. (of a disease) having a rapid course and violent effect
2.
extremely poisonous, injurious, etc
3.
extremely bitter, hostile, etc
Derived Forms
virulently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin vīrulentus full of poison, from vīrus poison; see virus
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Word Origin and History for supervirulent

virulent

adj.

c.1400, in reference to wounds, ulcers, etc., "full of corrupt or poisonous matter," from Latin virulentus "poisonous," from virus "poison" (see virus). Figurative sense of "violent, spiteful" is attested from c.1600. Related: Virulently.

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supervirulent in Medicine

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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