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Definition 1: (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 - [noun denoting animal]

(virus is a kind of ...) any organism of microscopic size

(virus is a kind of ...) an agent capable of producing infection

(... is a kind of virus ) (genetics) a virus or other agent that is used to deliver DNA to a cell

(... is a kind of virus ) a cell-free filtrate held to be a virus responsible for a specific neoplasm

(... is a kind of virus ) a virus that remains dormant in the body for a long time before symptoms appear

"kuru is caused by a slow virus"

(... is a kind of virus ) an animal pathogen that is a virus

(... is a kind of virus ) a plant pathogen that is a virus consisting of a single strand of RNA

(... is a kind of virus ) a virus that is parasitic (reproduces itself) in bacteria

"phage uses the bacterium's machinery and energy to produce more phage until the bacterium is destroyed and phage is released to invade surrounding bacteria"

(... is a kind of virus ) a large heterogeneous group of RNA viruses divisible into groups on the basis of the virions; they have been recovered from arthropods, bats, and rodents; most are borne by arthropods; they are linked by the epidemiologic concept of transmission between vertebrate hosts by arthropod vectors (mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies, midges, etc.) that feed on blood; they can cause mild fevers, hepatitis, hemorrhagic fever, and encephalitis

(virus belongs to category ...) the branch of medical science that studies viruses and viral diseases

(virus is the domain which ... is member of) (virology) a complete viral particle; nucleic acid and capsid (and a lipid envelope in some viruses)

(virus is the domain which ... is member of) a chronic autoimmune disease with inflammation of the joints and marked deformities; something (possibly a virus) triggers an attack on the synovium by the immune system, which releases cytokines that stimulate an inflammatory reaction that can lead to the destruction of all components of the joint

(virus is the domain which ... is member of) a substance (a virus or toxin or immune serum) that is introduced into the body to produce or increase immunity to a particular disease

Definition 2: a software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same computer - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where virus or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a true virus cannot spread to another computer without human assistance

Synonyms for virus in the sense of this definition

(virus is a kind of ...) a computer program designed to have undesirable or harmful effects

Definition 3: a harmful or corrupting agency - [noun denoting state]

Samples where virus or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bigotry is a virus that must not be allowed to spread
  • the virus of jealousy is latent in everyone

(virus is a kind of ...) the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent

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