HyperDic: virus

English > 3 senses of the word virus:
NOUNanimalvirus(virology) ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts
statevirusa harmful or corrupting agency
communicationvirus, computer virusa software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same computer
virus > pronunciation
Soundsvay'rahs
Rhymesabacus ... zealous: 1164 rhymes with ahs...
English > virus: 3 senses > noun 1, animal
Meaning(virology) ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts; many are pathogenic; a piece of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) wrapped in a thin coat of protein.
Category ofinoculant, inoculumA substance (a virus or toxin or immune serum) that is introduced into the body to produce or increase immunity to a particular disease
rheumatoid arthritis, atrophic arthritis, rheumatismA chronic autoimmune disease with inflammation of the joints and marked deformities
virion(virology) a complete viral particle
CategoryvirologyThe branch of medical science that studies viruses and viral diseases
Narroweranimal virusAn animal pathogen that is a virus
arbovirus, arborvirusA large heterogeneous group of RNA viruses divisible into groups on the basis of the virions
bacteriophage, phageA virus that is parasitic (reproduces itself) in bacteria
plant virusA plant pathogen that is a virus consisting of a single strand of RNA
slow virusA virus that remains dormant in the body for a long time before symptoms appear
tumor virusA cell-free filtrate held to be a virus responsible for a specific neoplasm
vector(genetics) a virus or other agent that is used to deliver DNA to a cell
Broaderinfectious agent, infective agentAn agent capable of producing infection
microorganism, micro-organismAny organism of microscopic size
Spanishvirus
Catalanvirus
Adjectivesviralrelating to or caused by a virus
English > virus: 3 senses > noun 2, state
MeaningA harmful or corrupting agency.
Examples
  • "bigotry is a virus that must not be allowed to spread"
  • "the virus of jealousy is latent in everyone"
Broaderrepresentation, delegacy, agencyThe state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent
English > virus: 3 senses > noun 3, communication
MeaningA software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same computer.
Example"a true virus cannot spread to another computer without human assistance"
Synonymcomputer virus
Broadermalevolent programA computer program designed to have undesirable or harmful effects
Spanishvirus informático, virus
Catalanvirus informàtic, virus

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