viral etymology

English word viral comes from English virus, English -al

Detailed word origin of viral

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
virus English (eng) (archaic) Venom, as produced by a poisonous animal etc.. (computing) A program which can covertly transmit itself between computers via networks (especially the Internet) or removable storage such as disks, often causing damage to systems and data; also computer virus.. A disease caused by these organisms.. A submicroscopic, non-cellular structure consisting of a core of DNA or RNA [...]
-al English (eng) (organic chemistry) Forms the names of aldehydes. Forming nouns, especially of verbal action.. Of or pertaining to. Adjectival suffix appended to various words, often nouns, to make an adjective form. Often added to words of Latin origin, but used with other words also.
viral English (eng) (advertising, and, marketing) Spread by word of mouth, with minimal intervention in order to create buzz and interest.. (computing) Of the nature of an informatic virus; able to spread copies of itself to other computers.. (virology) Caused by a virus.. (virology) Of or relating to a biological virus. (marketing) A video, image or text spread by "word of mouth" on the internet or by e-mail [...]

Words with the same origin as viral

Descendants of -al
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