Friday, December 11, 2009


Fulminant: Fulminate is a medical adjective meaning that a disease progresses very rapidly. Prior to the medicinal use of of the Latin root meaning to strike with lightening, the primary use was the compound mercury fulminate - a highly explosive isomer of mercury cyanate.

Also, all three were fulminant cases. The people all died within twelve hours or so of their first symptoms.
A Book for Today: Contagion by Robin Cook

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