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Virulence Factors

Those components of an organism that determine its capacity to cause disease but are not required for its viability per se. Two classes have been characterized: TOXINS, BIOLOGICAL and surface adhesion molecules that effect the ability of the microorganism to invade and colonize a host. (From Davis et al., Microbiology, 4th ed. p486)

Year introduced: 2003

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Tree Number(s): D23.946.896

MeSH Unique ID: D037521

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  • Factors, Virulence
  • Pathogenicity Factors
  • Factors, Pathogenicity

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