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The common cold is caused by a virus.
  a submicroscopic organism that causes disease (by using the cellular reproductive machinery of the organism it invades)
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virus viruses viral
Strongly Associated with:   microbe, bacteria
Although viruses contain genetic information, they must use an invaded cell’s reproductive machinery to reproduce.

Computer viruses are so-named because like a biological virus, they contain instructions on how to reproduce, but require the infected computer to actually execute the instructions.
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  • The common cold is caused by a virus.
  • Antibiotics don’t work against viruses.
  • The virus mutated, so that this year’s flu shot won’t protect against it.
  • essentially reprogramming the cell so it reproduces the virus instead of itself.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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  • She’d picked up a virus, and Evra had to stay in to look after her.
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire’s Assistant
  • Once the video of Trish begging the woman at the ticket counter to give her the last seat on the flight to Albany even though she was not a member of the frequent flyer program went viral, the airline decided not to press charges after all.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • About a lot of things, with no answers—all of it laced with an unspoken fear of the virus they’d supposedly been given.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • It turns out we were hit by a virus that wiped out the entire district server.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • The Flare virus lives in every part of your body, yet it has no effect on you, nor will it ever.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • She got in touch after the video went viral.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • I was the weakest and the virus raged through my body for almost three weeks.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • "I think there’s something wrong with most viruses."
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Collateral Damage came out two years ago, and within a month of its release, the single "Animate" had broken onto the national charts and gone viral.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • You’ve become a viral bomb.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • A different kind of viral plague: uncertainty, fear, panic.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Finally, it was rumored, there would be complete information-sharing among all of these previously disconnected and even adversarial entities, and when they were coordinated, and once all the health data they’d collected was shared, most of this made possible through the Circle and more important, TruYou, viruses could be stopped at their sources, diseases would be tracked to their roots.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Trees burst forth from broken windows and skins of scabrous vine gnawed at the walls like antibodies attacking a virus—as if nature itself had waged war against it—but the house seemed unkillable, resolutely upright despite the wrongness of its angles and the jagged teeth of sky visible through sections of collapsed roof.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Her coma was caused by a severe case of viral meningitis.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The latent rabies virus flared up among the starving foxes, and the wolves began to contract the disease too.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Stomach viruses were rare on Phoenix, and anyone who seemed vaguely contagious was required to spend the duration of their illness in quarantine.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Do you think it could have a virus?
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • "Mum thinks you’ve got Ebola virus.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • She’d write a note tomorrow about having a twenty-four-hour virus.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • But do you have any concerns about stomach viruses?
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • "It’s like an old-fashioned viral.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Or maybe I’m coming down with a stomach virus.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Rogers has the virus that’s been going around.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • From "Merck" I can assume I am suffering from a case of "severe acute glossitis," an inflamed condition of the tongue’s surface which is of traumatic origin but doubtless aggravated by bacteria, viruses and all sorts of toxicity resulting from five or six hours of salivary exchange unprecedented in the history of my mouth and I daresay anyone’s.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Never in my life except when I had a stomach virus had I gone so long without food.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Blamed on bad shellfish, elusive viruses, or an overlooked weakness in the aorta.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Swallowed a VC virus or something.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • It was at that moment we realized we’d been banking on a really nasty virus.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Even Adah, who’s becoming an expert in tropical epidemiology and strange new viruses.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • It feeds on itself like a virus.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • A virus that feeds on alcohol, mixed with a growth reagent.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • No archenemies out there in space who could come to your aid, no viruses that will wipe us out and leave you standing.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Frankly, I think all we’re passing along is some viral crud.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • The morgue acquiesced, and by Saturday afternoon we found out that he had died from acute epiglottitis, a rare but treatable virus that causes the epiglottis to swell and cover the air passages to the lungs.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Lizards carried viral diseases, including several that could be transmitted to man.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Died of unknown virus.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread just like viruses do.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Make it to the bedroom, he urged himself, undress, curl into cool sheets, tell him I came home sick, must be a virus, twenty-four hour flu, and keep my face hidden.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • Serum and virus.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And she believes that toxic injection of live bovine virus marked the beginning of Christa’s brain dysfunction.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • It was when it showed up, and even now this virus that can mutate in infinite ways to thwart nearly any treatment eludes our efforts to corral it.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • They are sickly and fragile and vulnerable to viruses.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Back into my cells to lurk like a virus waiting for the next opportunity?
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • You loathsome data virus!
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • And in the dream nearly everyone on the earth is dead, because they have caught a virus.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Radiation’s not a germ or a virus.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
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Associated words [difficulty]:   virus [1] , microbe [4] , bacteria [2] , vaccine [2] , bacteria [2] , cloning [2] , quarantine [2] , vaccine [2] , chromosome [4] , microbe [4] , natural selection [6] , endorphin [7] , theory of evolution [7] , Y chromosome [8] , collagen [8] , evolutionary psychology [8] , pasteurization [8] , pheromone [8] , histamine [9] , in vitro fertilization [9]
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