virulence

[vir-yuh-luhns, vir-uh-]
noun
1.
quality of being virulent.
2.
Bacteriology.
a.
the relative ability of a microorganism to cause disease; degree of pathogenicity.
b.
the capability of a microorganism to cause disease.
3.
venomous hostility.
4.
intense sharpness of temper.
Also, virulency.


Origin:
1655–65; < Late Latin vīrulentia stench; see virulent, -ence

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virulence or virulency (ˈvɪrʊləns)
 
n
1.  the quality of being virulent
2.  the capacity of a microorganism for causing disease
 
virulency or virulency
 
n

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virulence vir·u·lence (vēr'yə-ləns, vēr'ə-)
n.

  1. The quality of being poisonous.

  2. The capacity of a microorganism to cause disease.

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virulence [(vir-yuh-luhns, vir-uh-luhns)]

The capacity of a pathogen, such as a microorganism or toxin, to produce disease.

Note: “Virulent” substances or organisms are extremely pathogenic or toxic.
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Example sentences
But virulence can't be tested in fatal human infections, and tests for virus
  concentrations weren't performed.
The virulence of some of these comments is striking.
It seemed that virulence was easier to lose than enhance.
Much of the crisis' virulence came from the fact that the financial system had
  stopped working.
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