Definition of virulence gene in English:

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virulence gene

Pronunciation: /ˈvir(y)ələns ˌjēn/


A gene whose presence or activity in an organism’s genome is responsible for the pathogenicity of an infective agent.
Example sentences
  • Our preliminary observation suggests the presence of a new virulence gene in K. pneumoniae which is responsible for causing diarrhoea in children.
  • This breaks a long-standing assumption among scientists that disabling a potential virulence gene weakens a pathogen.
  • However, inhibitors of these virulence gene products may be used in combination with existing drugs to improve the regime of chemotherapy 31.

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Syllabification: vir·u·lence gene

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