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virulent

a. (of a microorganism) extremely infective
b. (of a disease) having a rapid course and violent effect
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We have to remember, however, that the poison worked from below upwards and would possibly be less virulent in the higher strata of the atmosphere.
It was during this struggle that it was suggested that a new plague- germ had originated, that in some way or other a sort of hybridization between plague-germs had taken place, producing a new and frightfully virulent germ.
Mr Pancks might, or might not, have caught the illness himself from a subject of this class; but in this category he appeared before Clennam, and the infection he threw off was all the more virulent.
To augment their misery, a contagious disorder of a dangerous nature spread through the land; and, rendered more virulent by the uncleanness, the indifferent food, and the wretched lodging of the lower classes, swept off many whose fate the survivors were tempted to envy, as exempting them from the evils which were to come.
His chance was poor; though I had no more animosity towards him than a virulent disease has against the victim it lays low.
The virulent redness of his shock head and beard was most startling, and in the thicket of hair twinkled above high cheek-bones two very merry blue eyes.
I protest before you, sir, as a Christian minister, against the sanction of proceedings towards me which are dictated by virulent hatred.
She said that I mustn't exercise, or it might prove fatal--if it had been a full-grown snake that struck me she said, I wouldn't have moved a single pace from the nest--I'd have died in my tracks, so virulent is the poison.
He vanished through the French windows into the house, leaving Lord Galloway in an indescribable temper, at once virulent and vague.
One little sip of this antidote would have rendered the most virulent poisons of the Borgias innocuous.
USA], Nov 17 (ANI): Scientists say they're close to producing super varieties of wheat that will resist a virulent fungus which leaves behind fields of withered black stems.
Duterte threatened to ignore the Constitution and declare martial law if the drug problem became 'really virulent.