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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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A blessing beyond appreciation would be conferred upon mankind, if the tainted, in whose weakness or wickedness these virulent disorders are bred, could be instantly seized and placed in close confinement (not to say summarily smothered) before the poison is communicable.
A sudden outbreak of a virulent type of influenza at the Glen and down at the fishing village kept Gilbert so busy for the next fortnight that he had no time to pay the promised visit to Captain Jim.
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.
Every virulent form of infectious death stalked through the land.
what a virulent attack!" replied the prince, not in the least disconcerted by this reception.
Up to this time the press had been amusingly tolerant and good-naturedly sensational about him, but now he was to learn what virulent scrupulousness an antagonized press was capable of.
In fact, in these virulent and sordid competitions, the trappers of each party were more intent upon injuring their rivals, than benefitting themselves; breaking each other's traps, trampling and tearing to pieces the beaver lodges, and doing every thing in their power to mar the success of the hunt.
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.
"Consider that the poison was so virulent that even a man who is as strong as an ox and has not a nerve in his body, like Malone here, could hardly get up the stairs before he fell unconscious.
These two clauses have been the source of much virulent invective and petulant declamation against the proposed Constitution.
And thou, red judge, if thou would say audibly all thou hast done in thought, then would every one cry: "Away with the nastiness and the virulent reptile!"
The patent describes a method for detecting antibodies against the CagA protein expressed only by virulent strains of H.