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Meaning & Definition of Virus in English

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Virus

/vaɪrəs/

noun

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
    synonym:
  • virus

2. A harmful or corrupting agency

  • "Bigotry is a virus that must not be allowed to spread"
  • "The virus of jealousy is latent in everyone"
    synonym:
  • virus

3. A software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same computer

  • "A true virus cannot spread to another computer without human assistance"
    synonym:
  • virus
  • ,
  • computer virus

Examples of using

In my next life I want to be born as a deadly virus.
A virus infected Tom's computer.
The virus is starting to mutate.