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a. Characterized by, causing, or promoting the rapid onset of severe illness. Used of a disease or toxin.
b. Capable of causing disease by aggressively interfering with the immune system of the host. Used of a pathogen.
2. Extremely hostile or malicious: virulent criticism; a virulent bigot.
[Middle English, from Latin vīrulentus, from vīrus, poison.]
vir′u·lence, vir′u·len·cy n.
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|Adv.||1.||virulently - in a virulent manner; "an old woman advanced a few paces to shake her fist virulently in my face"|
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virulently[ˈvɪrʊləntlɪ] ADJ → con virulencia
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