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Definitions for fulminant
ˈfʌl mə nəntful·mi·nant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fulminantadjective

    sudden and severe

    "fulminant pain"; "fulminant fever"


  1. fulminantadjective

    exploding or detonating

  2. fulminantadjective

    Occurring suddenly, rapidly, and with great severity or intensity

  3. Etymology: fulminare, to strike like lightning

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fulminantadjective

    Thundering; making a noise like thunder.

    Etymology: fulminant, Fr. fulminans, Latin.


  1. fulminant

    Fulminant refers to a disease or condition, often an infection or health disorder, that progresses rapidly and severely, leading to an abrupt onset or sudden worsening of symptoms. It typically describes an illness that is explosively aggressive and intense and may have potentially fatal outcomes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fulminantadjective

    thundering; fulminating

  2. Etymology: [L. fulminans, p. pr. of fulminare to lighten: cf. F. fulminant.]


  1. Fulminant

    Fulminant \ˈfu̇l-mə-nənt, ˈfəl-\ is any event or process that occurs suddenly and quickly, and is intense and severe to the point of lethality, i.e., it has an explosive character. The word comes from Latin fulmināre, to strike with lightning. It is most frequently used in medicine, and there are several diseases described by this adjective: ⁕Fulminant liver failure ⁕Fulminant colitis ⁕Fulminant pre-eclampsia ⁕Fulminant meningitis ⁕Fulminant hepatic venous thrombosis Some viral hemorrhagic fevers, such as Ebola, Lassa fever, and Lábrea fever, may kill in as little as two to five days. Diseases that cause rapidly developing lung edema, such as some kinds of pneumonia, may kill in a few hours. For example, it was said of the black death that some of its victims would die in a matter of hours after the initial symptoms appeared. Other pathologic conditions that may be fulminating in character are acute respiratory distress syndrome, asthma, acute anaphylaxis, septic shock, and disseminated intravascular coagulation. The most rapid deaths are those provoked by massive body trauma, for example; explosion injuries, airplane crashes, falling from a significant height, or industrial machinery incidents. Other examples include Commotio cordis, a sudden cardiac arrest caused by a blunt, non-penetrating trauma to the precordium, which causes ventricular fibrillation of the heart. Cardiac arrest and stroke in certain parts of the brain, such as in the brainstem, and massive hemorrhage of the great arteries may be very quick, death ensuing in less than one minute. Sudden infant death syndrome is still a mysterious cause of respiratory arrest in infants.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fulminant in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fulminant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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