Synonyms for virus

Grammar : Noun
Spell : vahy-ruh s
Phonetic Transcription : ˈvaɪ rəs

Définition of virus

Origin :
  • late 14c., "venomous substance," from Latin virus "poison, sap of plants, slimy liquid," probably from PIE root *weis- "to melt away, to flow," used of foul or malodorous fluids, with specialization in some languages to "poisonous fluid" (cf. Sanskrit visam "poison," visah "poisonous;" Avestan vish- "poison;" Latin viscum "sticky substance, birdlime;" Greek ios "poison," ixos "mistletoe, birdlime; Old Church Slavonic višnja "cherry;" Old Irish fi "poison;" Welsh gwy "fluid, water," gwyar "blood"). Main modern meaning "agent that causes infectious disease" first recorded 1728. The computer sense is from 1972.
  • noun bacterium, bug
Example sentences :
  • Such an idea is as fatal to society as we know it as a virus plague.
  • Extract from : « Suite Mentale » by Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The scientists of Sator knew that the virus was virulent; in fact, too virulent for its own good.
  • Extract from : « Islands of Space » by John W Campbell
  • It killed the host every time, and the virus could not live outside a living cell.
  • Extract from : « Islands of Space » by John W Campbell
  • They knew that shortly after every Nansalian died, the virus, too, would be dead.
  • Extract from : « Islands of Space » by John W Campbell
  • But what am I saying, A W, to you who are so free from the virus of culture?
  • Extract from : « Greener Than You Think » by Ward Moore
  • After about two years the Virus had permeated his System, and he was a regular Brahmsite.
  • Extract from : « Ade's Fables » by George Ade
  • As is still true in this infection, the virus proved to be ineradicable.
  • Extract from : « Man Made » by Albert R. Teichner
  • Virus or bacterium, amoeba or fungus—whatever it was, it struck.
  • Extract from : « Despoilers of the Golden Empire » by Gordon Randall Garrett
  • It has also been shown that the virus of the disease may be conveyed in butter.
  • Extract from : « Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition » by H. L. Russell
  • If I would give him the virus, and my notes, he'd start the ball rolling.
  • Extract from : « Revenge » by Arthur Porges

Antonyms for virus

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