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English definition of “virulence”

virulence

noun [U] uk   /ˈvɪr.ʊ.ləns/ us  
the danger and speed of spreading of a disease: The virulence of the disease is causing great concern in medical circles. formal very strong feelings of hating or opposing something or someone: We are witnessing racism of a virulence that we haven't seen in Europe since the 1940s.
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