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Definition of virulence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    virulence

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈvɪrələns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪrələns//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈvɪrjələns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪrjələns//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1the degree to which a disease or poison is dangerous or harmful and quick to have an effect the virulence of the virus strain
  2. 2(formal) the quality of showing strong negative and bitter feelings the virulence of the attacks on her in the press