from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Exploding or detonating.
  • adj. Pathology Occurring suddenly, rapidly, and with great severity or intensity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. exploding or detonating
  • adj. Occurring suddenly, rapidly, and with great severity or intensity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Thundering; fulminating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lightening and thundering; making a great stir.
  • In pathology, developing suddenly: as, fulminant plague.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. sudden and severe


Latin fulmināns, fulminant-, present participle of fulmināre, to strike with lightning; see fulminate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin fulminare, to strike like lightning (Wiktionary)


  • In this condition, called fulminant hepatitis B, a liver transplant is the only treatment of merit.


  • We also have the sadly familiar type described as the fulminant or, literally, "lightning-stroke" variety.

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  • That showed the death rate for patients with a type of infection called fulminant C.difficile colitis was 75 percent.

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  • According to hospital representatives, tests at Holtz showed that the baby had neonatal giant cell hepatitis, which led to what doctors call fulminant liver failure.

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  • "As with all fulminant cases, this happened so fast," remembers transplant coordinator Cathy Goodsell.

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  • Jacob was immediately transferred to the Children's Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), where doctors diagnosed him with fulminant hepatic failure — liver failure with a very rapid onset.

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  • Clinical stabilization and effective B-lymphocyte depletion in the cerebrospinal fluid and peripheral blood of a patient with fulminant relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

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  • Death is usually from acute fulminant respiratory distress, in which one basically drowns in one's own blood-tinted respiratory secretions.

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  • It is a disease of overproduction, of fulminant growth—growth unstoppable, growth tipped into the abyss of no control.

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  • Unfortunately, one almost always sees this word immediately followed by the word "hepatitis".

    October 6, 2007