contagion


con·ta·gion

noun \kən-ˈtā-jən\

: the process by which a disease is passed from one person or animal to another by touching

: a disease that can be passed from one person or animal to another by touching : a contagious disease

Full Definition of CONTAGION

1
a :  a contagious disease
b :  the transmission of a disease by direct or indirect contact
c :  a disease-producing agent (as a virus)
2
a :  poison
b :  contagious influence, quality, or nature
c :  corrupting influence or contact
3
a :  rapid communication of an influence (as a doctrine or emotional state)
b :  an influence that spreads rapidly

Examples of CONTAGION

  1. a disease that spreads by contagion
  2. People have been warned to keep out of the area to avoid contagion.

Origin of CONTAGION

Middle English, from Latin contagion-, contagio, from contingere to have contact with, pollute — more at contingent
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

Rhymes with CONTAGION

con·ta·gion

noun \kən-ˈtā-jən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CONTAGION

1
: the transmission of a disease by direct or indirect contact
3
: a disease-producing agent (as a virus)

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