Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Word of the day: fulminant

The word of the day is fulminant: 

  1. occurring suddenly and with great intensity or severity
  2. Pathology. developing or progressing suddenly
c.1600, from Fr. fulminant or directly from L. fulminantem, prp. of fulminare (see fulminate). (

"Jenny, Goldstein realized, 'has leukemia and is currently in the hospital because she developed jaundice.  Her eyeballs are still yellow'—presaging fulminant liver failure."

 - Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

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