deleterious


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del·e·te·ri·ous

 (dĕl′ĭ-tîr′ē-əs)
adj.
Having a harmful effect; injurious: the deleterious effects of smoking.

[From Greek dēlētērios, from dēlētēr, destroyer, from dēleisthai, to harm.]

del′e·te′ri·ous·ly adv.
del′e·te′ri·ous·ness n.

deleterious

(ˌdɛlɪˈtɪərɪəs)
adj
harmful; injurious; hurtful
[C17: from New Latin dēlētērius, from Greek dēlētērios injurious, destructive, from dēleisthai to hurt]
ˌdeleˈteriously adv
ˌdeleˈteriousness n

del•e•te•ri•ous

(ˌdɛl ɪˈtɪər i əs)

adj.
1. injurious to health.
2. harmful; injurious.
[1635–45; < Greek dēlētḗrios destructive, adj. derivative of dēlētḗr destroyer =dēlē-, variant s. of dēleîsthai to hurt, injure + -tēr agent suffix; see -ous]
del`e•te′ri•ous•ly, adv.
del`e•te′ri•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.deleterious - harmful to living things; "deleterious chemical additives"
harmful - causing or capable of causing harm; "too much sun is harmful to the skin"; "harmful effects of smoking"

deleterious

adjective (Formal) harmful, bad, damaging, destructive, detrimental, hurtful, pernicious, ruinous, prejudicial, injurious Fear of crime is having a deleterious effect on society.

deleterious

adjective
Causing harm or injury:
Translations

deleterious

[ˌdelɪˈtɪərɪəs] ADJ (frm) → nocivo, perjudicial (to para)

deleterious

adj (form)schädlich (to für)

deleterious

[ˌdelɪˈtɪərɪəs] adj (frm) deleterious (to)deleterio/a (per)

del·e·te·ri·ous

a. deletéreo-a, nocivo-a, dañino-a.
References in classic literature ?
Or might it suffice him that every wholesome growth should be converted into something deleterious and malignant at his touch?
if we had only the chemical means to drive away this deleterious gas.
These he cultivates with his own hands, and is said even to have produced new varieties of poison, more horribly deleterious than Nature, without the assistance of this learned person, would ever have plagued the world withal.
During the last twelve hours the atmosphere of the projectile had become charged with this deleterious gas.
Mysterious as this circumstance appears to be, it is not more surprising than that the body of one's fellow-creature, directly after death, and before putrefaction has commenced, should often be of so deleterious a quality, that the mere puncture from an instrument used in its dissection, should prove fatal.
I experienced a painful commiseration for her unhappy husband (though fully aware that he had brought every particle of his sufferings upon himself, and but too well deserved them all), and a profound sympathy for her own afflictions, and deep anxiety for the consequences of those harassing cares, those dreadful vigils, that incessant and deleterious confinement beside a living corpse - for I was persuaded she had not hinted half the sufferings she had had to endure.
The Captain continued that deleterious amusement of smoking, long after the inn and the street were gone to bed.
If this had happened in the days when he ranged the Great White Way, sucking up deleterious moisture like a cloud, it would have been intelligible.
Referring to a previous conversation he had with the Labour leader, Charles wrote: "We briefly mentioned the European Directive on Herbal Medicines, which is having such a deleterious effect in this country by effectively outlawing the use of certain herbal extracts.
The study found that almost 15 percent of triple-negative breast cancer patients had deleterious mutations in predisposition genes.
The approved indication is as monotherapy "in patients with deleterious or suspected deleterious germline BRCA mutated (as detected by an FDA-approved test) advanced ovarian cancer who have been treated with three or more prior lines of chemotherapy.
Geneticists long have bet on the success of sexual reproduction over asexual reproduction based, in a large part, on the process known as Muller's ratchet, the mechanism by which a genome accrues deleterious and irreversible mutations after the host organism has lost its ability to carry out the important gene-shuffling job of recombination.