Hypervirulent



[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.
/ˈvɪrʊlənt/
adjective
1.

2.
extremely poisonous, injurious, etc
3.
extremely bitter, hostile, etc
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.

virulent vir·u·lent (vēr’yə-lənt, vēr’ə-)
adj.

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