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Definition of the noun virus

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noun - plural: viruses

  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
    • domain: virology
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic terms: micro-organism / microorganism = any organism of microscopic size; infectious agent / infective agent = an agent capable of producing infection
    • more specific terms:
      • arborvirus / arbovirus = 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
      • bacteriophage / phage = a virus that is parasitic (reproduces itself) in bacteria
      • plant virus = a plant pathogen that is a virus consisting of a single strand of RNA
      • animal virus = an animal pathogen that is a virus
      • slow virus = a virus that remains dormant in the body for a long time before symptoms appear
      • tumor virus = a cell-free filtrate held to be a virus responsible for a specific neoplasm
      • vector = a virus or other agent that is used to deliver DNA to a cell
  2. a harmful or corrupting agency
    • examples: bigotry is a virus that must not be allowed to spread | the virus of jealousy is latent in everyone
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: agency / delegacy / representation = the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent
  3. a 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
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of virus: computer virus
    • more generic term: malevolent program = a computer program designed to have undesirable or harmful effects

Specialised definition of the noun virus

Glossary of healthcare

a tiny organism that must infect a cell in order to reproduce within cells to cause disease


  1. "Virus" is a 1999 science fiction-horror film directed by visual effects artist John Bruno. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland, the film is based on a Dark Horse comic book of the same name by Chuck Pfarrer.
  2. "Virus" a.k.a. "Outbreak" is a 1995 American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on Richard Preston's non-fiction book The Hot Zone. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and Morgan Freeman and co-stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, and Patrick Dempsey.
  3. "Virus" a.k.a. "Carriers" is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic horror film written and directed by Àlex and David Pastor. It stars Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo and Emily VanCamp as four people fleeing a viral pandemic.
  4. "Virus" — literally "Day of Resurrection" — is a 1980 post-apocalyptic science fiction movie directed by Kinji Fukasaku and based on a 1964 novel written by Sakyo Komatsu. It starred Masao Kusakari, George Kennedy, Robert Vaughn, Chuck Connors, Olivia Hussey, Edward James Olmos, Ken Ogata, Glenn Ford and Sonny Chiba. The film is notable for being the most expensive Japanese film ever made at the time.
  5. "Virus" is a 1995 television movie starring Nicollette Sheridan, William Devane, Stephen Caffrey, Dakin Matthews, Kurt Fuller, Barry Corbin and William Atherton. It was directed by Armand Mastroianni and written by Robin Cook and Roger Young, based on Cook's novel Outbreak. The film is also known as Formula for Death.
  6. "Virus" is a 2007 Malayalam-language Indian feature film directed by Shankar, starring Abhinay, Sajitha Beti and Shankar himself. The film was critically acclaimed and had a premiere held at Kalabhavan theatre, Thiruvananthapuram.
    • country: India
    • language: Malayalam Language
    • starring: Shankar Panicker
    • genres: Romance Film, Documentary film, Malayalam Cinema, World cinema, Drama
    • released in (9 years ago)
  7. "Virus" a.k.a. "Hell of the Living Dead": Virus: Hell of the Living Dead is a 1980 horror film, specifically a zombie movie, directed by Bruno Mattei. The film is also known as Zombie Creeping Flesh and Night of the Zombies.
  8. "Virus" is a short film, written and directed by Robert Proch.


  1. "Virus" is a Dark Horse Comics comic book, written by Chuck Pfarrer, drawn by Canadian artist Howard Cobb and first published in 1992. The story is about an alien life form which takes over a Chinese research vessel and reconfigures it—using both the damaged electronics and the dead bodies of the crew, it propagates itself by making various "creatures" created out of both organic and inorganic parts. When a salvage ship shows up they have to deal with the life form or be taken over as well.
  2. "Virus", literally Day of Resurrection is a 1964 post-apocalyptic science fiction novel written by Sakyo Komatsu. The film was adopted into a movie of the same name in 1980.
    • also known as Fukkatsu No Hi
    • language: Japanese Language
    • genre: Science Fiction
    • released on (7 years ago)


"Virus" a.k.a. "Zarch" is a computer game written by David Braben in three months in 1987, for the release of the Acorn Archimedes computer. Zarch started off as a demo called Lander which was bundled with almost all releases of the Acorn Archimedes.


  1. "Virus" is a single from Iron Maiden, released in 1996. It is the first single since 1980's "Women in Uniform" that does not appear on any official Iron Maiden studio album. It was, however, featured as a brand new track on the band's first ever career retrospective — 1996's double-disc Best of the Beast. It is the only Iron Maiden song to be credited to both of the band's guitarists. It has yet to be performed in Iron Maiden concerts featuring Bruce Dickinson on vocals.
  2. "Virus" is the tenth studio album that was released on September 19, 2005 by death metal band Hypocrisy. This is the first Hypocrisy album recorded with their new drummer, Horgh, from the black metal band Immortal and second guitarist, Andreas Holma. A video was made for the song "Scrutinized".
  3. "Virus" is a song by Icelandic artist Björk released as the third single from the album Biophilia. Each song in the album features a theme related to nature. In "Virus", Björk explores "fatal relationships" such as the one between a virus and a cell, as Björk explained in an interview: "It's a kind of a love story between a virus and a cell. And of course the virus loves the cell so much that it destroys it.
  4. "Virus" is the fourth full-length album by the French power metal band Heavenly. The advanced Japanese release occurred on September 21, 2006, by Avalon Records.
    • genre: Power metal
    • released on (9 years ago)
  5. "Virus" is a KMFDM song from their fifth album, Naïve. In 2008, KMFDM Records re-released this as a 7" vinyl single, limited to 250 copies.
  6. "Virus" is Slank's tenth studio album. It was released in 2001.
  7. "Virus" is a song written by Bob Arnz and Gerd Zimmermann and recorded by German singer LaFee. It was released as the first single from LaFee's debut album LaFee. The single reached fourteen in both the German and Austrian Singles Charts when released in March 2006. An English version of the song, entitled "Scabies", later appeared on LaFee's third studio album Shut Up.
  8. "Virus" is a 2011 studio album by Dado Polumenta.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  9. "Virus" is a musical album of Lab 4.
    • also known as Virus (disc 2), Virus (bonus disc: Tokyo live Set), Virus (disc 1)
    • released on (13 years ago)
  10. "Virus" a.k.a. "The Virus" is the fifth solo studio album by rapper Brotha Lynch Hung, released through Black Market Records on November 13, 2001. It was Lynch's final studio album released through Black Market Records, although there would be several subsequent compilations released on the label. Like EBK4, this album was also released without the consent of Lynch due to conflicts with Black Market.
  11. "Virus" is the 1996 single by Iron Maiden.
    • released on (19 years ago)
  12. "Virus" is a musical album of Tagada Jones.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  13. "Virus" is a musical album of Think About Mutation.
    • also known as Virus (disc 1)
    • released in (19 years ago)
  14. "Virus" is a musical single of KMFDM.
    • released in (26 years ago)
  15. "Virus" is a musical single of Front Line Assembly.
    • released in (26 years ago)
  16. "Virus" is the second full-length studio album by Christian rock band Willet (their first, Escape, was released under the band name Clearview). It was independently released on 17 April 2008 to coincide with the band's Virus Tour in Africa.
    • released in (7 years ago)
  17. "Virus" is a composition.
  18. "Virus" is a musical album of Joel McNeely.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  19. "Virus" is a Latin Grammy nominated album.
    • artist: Camorra
    • released in (15 years ago)
    • award: - Latin Grammy Award for Best Urban Music Album nomination for Camorra
  20. "Virus" is a musical album of Big Boy.


  1. Virus: Ricardo Amezquita Carreño is a Mexican Luchador, or professional wrestler best known under the ring name, Virus. Amezquita originally worked in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre's Minis division and held the CMLL World Mini-Estrella Championship under the name Damiancito El Guerrero, but was later moved into the regular division and given the name "Virus".
  2. Virus a.k.a. Ngo Thanh Van: Veronica Ngô Thanh Vân is a Vietnamese actress, singer and model. She is also known as Veronica Ngo or her initials NTV.
  3. Virus is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer, most recognized for playing lead guitar for the American industrial metal/rock band Dope. He is also known for his work with metal band Device.
  4. Virus a.k.a. Paweł Jaroszewicz, is a Polish heavy metal drummer. Jaroszewicz has played with such bands as Interior, Rootwater, Sinful, Vader, Thy Disease, Crionics, Deivos, Nerve, Obscure Sphinx, Christ Agony, No Emotions, Hell-Born, Lost Soul, FS Projekt, and Decapitated.

There are other people with in their name, like NTV Virus, Viro the Virus, Danny Boy Virus and Virus Syndicate.


  1. Virus is a Russian band composed of Yuri, Andrey and Olga. It was popular in 2001. The project produced techno-based, Russian pop music, similar to Ruki Vverh! at the time. After several more less popular tunes they disappeared in the never-ending sea of techno-based Russian pop music.
    • also known as Вирус
    • members:
    • albums: "Best", "Дай мне", "Мой герой", "Вирус счастья", "Позови меня", "Ты меня не ищи", "Чтобы солнце грело", "Братишка", "Весёлые девчонки", "Live of The Best", "THE BEST DJ REMIX 2009", "MEGAMIX"
    • official website:
  2. Virus is an Argentine new wave music band, led by Federico Moura until his death on December 21, 1988, from AIDS-related complications. His brother Marcelo then became lead singer, until the band gave its final performance on September 29, 1990, in a support slot to David Bowie. Virus reunited in 1994 and has had some sporadic activity, without recovering its previous popularity. Their latest album, Caja Negra features live versions of their classics, together with 5 new studio tracks, with invited artists influenced by the band: Ale Sergi, Adrián Dárgelos, Pity Álvarez and Ciro Pertusi.
  3. Virus is a Norwegian avant-garde metal band signed to Jester Records. It was formed in 2000 by Carl-Michael Eide. The band is considered by Czral as a continuation of his previous band Ved Buens Ende because of similar musical elements and an avant garde form of unusual experimentation, although the band has its own characteristic sound.
  4. Virus, originally formed in Brighton, are now based in London, United Kingdom. Stated on several occasions as pioneers of UK thrash metal, and were quoted as "the badboys..." of their genre due to their live shows usually ending up in massive brawls, they have always remained a highly regarded force on the underground circuit.
  5. Virus is a musical group.
    • also known as Ambient Theology, Bubblebaby
    • members:
    • albums: "The Bubblebaby Experience", "Ambient Theology", "Analogue", "Odd", "Oddities, Volume One: 1990–1996", "Oddities, Volume Two: 1996–2001"
  6. Virus is a musical group.
    • albums: "Thoughts", "Revelation", "Remember"
  7. Virus is a musical group, record producer.
    • also known as Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne; Oakenfold, Paul and Osborne, Steve
    • members:
    • albums: "Moon", "Sun"
  8. Virus a.k.a. Virüs is a musical group.
  9. Virus is a musical group.
    • album: "Infected"
  10. Virus is a musical group.
    • album: "Infection"

There are other groups with in their name, like T-Virus, Virus 23, Virus IV, Virus Nine, Final Virus, Sugar Virus, Indigo Virus, Digital Virus, Straddi Virus, Doomsday Virus, Dance Floor Virus, Virus Incorporation, Virus String Quartet.


Virus was a French Automobile.


Virus a.k.a. Virus Buster Serge, known in Japan simply as Virus, is a Japanese media franchise. It originated as an adventure game for the Sega Saturn. It was adapted into an anime television series which was directed by Masami Ōbari, produced by J.C.Staff and Plum, and aired on AT-X and TV Tokyo from October 2 to December 19, 1997. A light novel and second video game were also created.

Phrases with Virus

  1. Jc Virus
  2. Dna Virus
  3. Hiv Virus
  4. Rna Virus
  5. Idea Virus
  6. slow virus
  7. ebola virus
  8. Giant Virus
  9. junin virus
  10. lassa virus
  11. plant virus
  12. tumor virus
  13. animal virus
  14. herpes virus
  15. myxoma virus
  16. Sendai Virus
  17. machupo virus
  18. marburg virus
  19. Norwalk Virus
  20. polyoma virus

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Google previewMicrobiology, A Clinical Approach (2016)

Biology, Microbiology by CTI Reviews

Lassa virus is an Old World arenavirus that causes Lassa hemorrhagic fever, a type of viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) in human and nonhuman primates...

Measles virus is a singlestranded, negativesense, enveloped RNA virus of the genus Morbillivirus within the family Paramyxoviridae...

Google previewPrescott's Principles of Microbiology (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Measles virus is a singlestranded, negativesense, enveloped RNA virus of the genus Morbillivirus within the family...

Rubella virus is the pathogenic agent of the disease Rubella, and is the cause of congenital rubella syndrome when infection ...

Google previewIntroduction to Diagnostic Microbiology for the Laboratory Sciences (2014)

by Maria Dannessa Delost

The virus is the agent of erythema infectiosum, or fifth disease (after measles, rubella, varicella-zoster, and roseola),

The vaccine was produced using vaccinia virus as the carrier; because variola virus is a single serotype, the vaccine is very ...

Google previewBrock Biology of Microorganisms (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Tobacco mosaic virus is a positivesense single stranded RNA virus that infects plants, especially tobacco and other members of the family Solanaceae. The infection causes characteristic patterns, such as 'mosaic'like mottling ...

Google previewReview of Medical Microbiology (2005)

by Patrick R. Murray, Ken S. Rosenthal

The WEE virus is a togavirus and is enveloped. The viral capsid is inside the envelope and will...

Like other togaviruses, rubella virus is an enveloped, single-stranded, positive-sense RNA virus.

Google previewMaximum Wireless Security (2003)

by Cyrus Peikari, Seth Fogie

Viruses A computer virus is a program that has the capability to reproduce itself into other files or programs on the infected system and/or systems connected via a network. The difference between a virus and other forms of malicious code is ...

Google previewHands-On Networking Fundamentals (2012)

by Michael Palmer

A virus is a program that is relayed by a disk or a file and has the ability to replicate throughout a system. Some viruses can damage files or disks,

Google previewThe Immune Response (2005)

Basic and Clinical Principles by Tak W. Mak, Mary E. Saunders

The hepatitis B virus is an enveloped DNA virus that preferentially infects hepatocytes.

The hepatitis C virus is a small, enveloped, single-stranded RNA virus with effects very similar to those of HepB, except that the infection becomes ...

Google previewNegligence and Compensation Cases Annotated (1917)

The virus is a filterable agent, which, according to our present knowledge, causes diseasc. Virus is the blood of a cholera hog; the dcfibrinnted blood of a hog sufiering from hog cholera. " “ “ Hog cholera. serum, prior to July, 1914, was ...

Google previewTravelers' Vaccines (2004)

by Elaine C. Jong, Jane N. Zuckerman

The disease caused by the YF virus is the original "viral hemorrhagic fever"—a systemic illness characterized by high viremia; hepatic, renal, and myocardial injury; hemorrhage; and high lethality. Yellow fever virus is a single species defined ...

Google previewColor Atlas of Pediatric Pathology (2011)

by Aliya N. Husain, MD, J. Thomas Stocker, MD

n Measles virus FiGure 3.11 Measles virus is an RNA...

Google previewLetters to Our Sisters (2014)

Practical Health Advice for Women by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD FACOG, Nathan Thagana, MB BCh, MMed

Although the disease is spread in pretty much the same way as HIV, the Hepatitis B virus is a lot easier to transmit because its concentration in blood is hundred times more than HIV. Hepatitis B viruscan cause scarring ofthe liver, liver cancer, ...

Google previewAdvances in Virus Research (1991)

Theiler's murine encephalomyelitis virus is a naturally occurring enteric pathogen . However, the base composition of TMEV RNA determined by Tl ribonuclease digestion and gel electrophoresis was not typical for enteroviruses and lacked a ...

Google previewBetaretrovirus—Advances in Research and Application: 2012 Edition (2012)


Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague: The G-Patch Domain of MasonPfizer Monkey Virus Is a Part of Reverse Transcriptase “Mason-Pfizer monkey virus (M-PMV), like some other betaretroviruses, encodes a G-patch ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Virology (2009)

by Brian W.J. Mahy

Omo virus (OMOV) Table O1. Old World arenaviruses Arenavirus Disease Host Location Ippy Arvicanthis sp Central African Republic Lassa Hemorrhagic fever Mastomys sp West Africa Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Choriomeningitis ...

Google previewDictionary of Obstetrics and Gynecology (1988)

by Christoph Zink

Organism: condyloma virus, a subgroup of papilloma” viruses; sexually transmissible. Incubation: 4 weeks to several months. The manifestation of an infection is enhanced by maceration, e.g. balanitis, urethritis, phimosis, vaginal discharge, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence (2007)

From Ancient Times to the Present by George C. Kohn

Anthrax Chikungunya Virus Fever Cholera Conjunctivitis Deficiency Diseases Dengue Fever Diphtheria Diseases of the Central Nervous System Ergotism Filovirus Diseases Hantavirus Hepatitis HIV/AIDS Influenza Kyasanur Forest Disease ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (2004)

by Jennifer Shoquist, Diane Stafford

DiagLEEP nosis, and Treatment LGV Epstein-Barr virus erythrocyte sedimentation rate Food and Drug Administration (U.S.) fluorescent treponemal antibody- absorption test generalized lymphadenopathy syndrome Gay Men's Health Crisis ...

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There is one major problem with anti-virus software: It needs updating. Users cannot be relied upon to have even the anti-virus software in the first place, let alone be able or willing to pay for the updates. (Glenn Turner)
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The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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