Definition of fulminant in English:

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fulminant

Pronunciation: /ˈfo͝olmənənt/

adjective

Medicine
(Of a disease or symptom) severe and sudden in onset.
Example sentences
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome related to CMV has been documented, as have the much less frequent complications of encephalitis, myocarditis, or fulminant hepatitis.
  • Three of the 12 patients studied had acute HCV infections, three had fulminant hepatitis (a rare but serious form of acute disease), and six had chronic hepatitis.
  • Between 0.3 and 1.8 percent of people who contract HAV develop fulminant hepatitis, a severe form of hepatitis with rapid liver cell death and liver failure.

Origin

Early 17th century: from French, or from Latin fulminant- 'striking with lightning', from the verb fulminare (see fulminate).

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Syllabification: ful·mi·nant

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