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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: virulentus, from virus; VIRUS

virulent

adjective
     
Related topics: Illness and Disability
vir‧u‧lent
1MIHB a poison, disease etc that is virulent is very dangerous and affects people very quickly [≠ mild]:
a particularly virulent form of influenza
2 formal full of hatred for something, or expressing this in a strong way - used to show disapproval:
virulent anti-Semitism
virulence noun [uncountable]
virulently adverb

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