Virulence Factor: Definition & Examples


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What does virulence mean?

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1. _________ are proteins that allow pathogens to attach themselves inside the body.

2. Glycocalyx allows bacteria to ________.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Virulence factors are important to be familiar with when studying microbiology, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of their forms in addition to related terms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the definitions and properties of:

  • Virulence
  • Glycocalyx
  • LPS
  • Flesh-eating bacteria
  • Proteins that enable pathogen attachment

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define virulence, glycocalyx, and LPS
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast different virulence factors
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the function of Glycocalyx

Additional Learning

To learn more about virulence factors and related principles, review the accompanying lesson titled Virulence Factor: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define virulence
  • Familiarize yourself with examples of virulence factors
  • Know the function of invasion enzymes and adhesins
  • Understand the function of Glycocalyx
  • Differentiate between exotoxins and endotoxins
  • Define LPS and know what it stands for