deleterious deleterious  /ˌdɛ lə ˈtɪ ri əs/


  • (adj) harmful to living things



  1. Despite their known deleterious effect on our planet, fossil fuels will be increasingly consumed in this century.
  2. 'Irregular exercises can have a deleterious effect on our health,' warns a health journal.
  3. Excessive intake of liquor is deleterious to health.


  1. Foundings Matter: Thiel's Law Applied To Biotech

    Thiel?s law: A startup messed up at its foundation cannot be fixed. Much like an organism, the ?DNA? of a startup gets encoded at the outset ? which genes or attributes will really matter going forward, and the possible deleterious (or advantageous) mutations that will impact the startup?s maturation down the road. Once in place, it?s very hard to change the genomic DNA of a startup.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Forbes

  2. How does inbreeding avoidance evolve in plants?

    Inbreeding is generally deleterious, even in flowering plants. Since inbreeding raises the risk that bad copies of a gene will be expressed, inbred progeny suffer from reduced viability. A case study of Leavenworthia suggests that loss of complex traits may be reversed.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Science Daily

  3. Bloomberg Vetoes Paid Sick Bill, City Council Sad

    In a move that surprises absolutely no one , Mayor Bloomberg vetoed the paid sick leave bill yesterday. The bill would have required employers to give workers five paid sick days off a year; it was pushed through City Council by Speaker Christine Quinn earlier this year , but Bloomberg says it would have a "deleterious effects on businesses." [ more › ]
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Gothamist


  1. Napolitano added, "We can significantly advance security without having a deleterious impact on individual rights in most instances. At the same time, there are situations where trade-offs are inevitable."
    on Jul 5, 2010 By: Janet Napolitano Source:

  2. "Without federal help ...... what we will have to do is just make continuing cuts and-or raise taxes, both of which would have a further deleterious effect on our states' economy. We simply need help," Rendell told reporters. "When the...
    on Dec 1, 2008 By: Ed Rendell Source: eTaiwan News

  3. "This campaign will address itself to the millions of people in America who are currently suffering from the deleterious effects of depression and trauma of all kinds whether it be the trauma experienced by victims of violent crime, rape, domestic...
    on May 19, 2010 By: Connie Francis Source: PR Newswire (press release)

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