Virulent
Extremely noxious, damaging, deleterious, disease-causing (pathogenic). Marked by a rapid, severe, and malignant course. Poisonous, venomous. The virulence of a microorganism is a measure of the severity of the disease it causes. The word “virulent” comes from the Latin “virulentus” from “virus” meaning a slimy liquid, particularly one that is foul and poisonous.
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Extremely toxic, denoting a markedly pathogenic microorganism. [L. virulentus, poisonous]

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vir·u·lent -lənt adj
1 a) marked by a rapid, severe, and malignant course <a \virulent infection>
b) able to overcome bodily defense mechanisms <a \virulent pathogen>
2) extremely poisonous or venomous: NOXIOUS

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vir·u·lent (virґu-lənt) [L. virulentus, from virus poison] pertaining to or characterized by virulence; exceedingly pathogenic or deleterious.

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  • virulent — virulent, ente [ virylɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • v. 1370 « infectieux, contagieux »; lat. virulentus « venimeux », de virus → virus 1 ♦ Vx Infectieux, contagieux. ♢ (1866) Mod. Qui a un certain degré de virulence (2o). Microbe très virulent. 2 ♦ (1751) Fig …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • virulent — VIRULÉNT, Ă, virulenţi, te, adj. Care are o mare toxicitate; care este în stare să producă boli; (despre boli) care este cauzat de un virus. ♦ fig. Distrugător, nimicitor; de o mare violenţă. – Din fr. virulent, lat. virulentus. Trimis de ana… …   Dicționar Român

  • Virulent — Vir u*lent, a. [L. virulentus, fr. virus poison: cf. F. virulent. See {Virus}.] 1. Extremely poisonous or venomous; very active in doing injury. [1913 Webster] A contagious disorder rendered more virulent by uncleanness. Sir W. Scott. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • virulent — virulent, ente (vi ru lan, lan t ) adj. 1°   Terme de médecine. Qui tient de la nature du virus, qui est causé par un virus. Les maladies virulentes. 2°   Fig. En parlant des discours, des écrits que l on compare à une humeur virulente.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • virulent — [adj1] poisonous, lethal baneful, deadly, destructive, fatal, harmful, infective, injurious, malign, malignant, mephitic, pernicious, poison, septic, toxic, toxicant, unhealthy, unwholesome, venomous; concepts 537,571 Ant. harmless, healthy,… …   New thesaurus

  • virulent — Virulent, [virul]ente. adj. Qui a du virus. Un ulcere virulent …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • virulent — Adj. (Oberstufe) geh.: gefahrvoll und daher dringlich Synonyme: akut, dringend, vordringlich, wichtig Beispiel: Die Frage angemessener Theorieanwendung und entsprechender Unterstützung der Bildungspraxis wird virulent. Kollokation: ein virulentes …   Extremes Deutsch

  • Virulent — (v. lat.), 1) giftig; 2) voll böser Säfte, eiterig. Daher Virulenz, 1) die eiterige, bösartige Beschaffenheit einer Wunde; 2) die Bosheit, der Ingrimm …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Virulént — (lat.), giftig, besonders von Bazillen gebraucht …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Virulént — (lat.), giftig; Virulénz, die Fähigkeit der pathogenen Bakterien, giftige Produkte auszuscheiden und eine Erkrankung hervorzurufen …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Virulent — Virulent, lat. deutsch, eiterig, giftig; Virulenz, eiterige Beschaffenheit, verbissener Ingrimm …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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