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virulence

Definition:
The degree of pathogenicity within a group or species of microorganisms or viruses as indicated by case fatality rates and/or the ability of the organism to invade the tissues of the host. The pathogenic capacity of an organism is determined by its virulence factors.
Concept Schemes:
https://lod.nal.usda.gov/nalt-core
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Broader Concept:
Entry Terms:
  • virulence factor
  • hypovirulence
URI:
https://lod.nal.usda.gov/nalt/46767
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