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contagion

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noun con·ta·gion \kən-ˈtā-jən\

Simple Definition of contagion

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of contagion

  1. 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. 2 a :  poison b :  contagious influence, quality, or nature c :  corrupting influence or contact

  3. 3 a :  rapid communication of an influence (as a doctrine or emotional state) b :  an influence that spreads rapidly

Examples of contagion in a sentence

  1. a disease that spreads by contagion

  2. People have been warned to keep out of the area to avoid contagion.



Origin and Etymology of contagion

Middle English, from Latin contagion-, contagio, from contingere to have contact with, pollute — more at contingent


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with contagion


CONTAGION Defined for Kids

contagion

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noun con·ta·gion \kən-ˈtā-jən\

Definition of contagion for Students

  1. 1 :  the passing of a disease from one individual to another as a result of some contact between them

  2. 2 :  a contagious disease




Medical Dictionary

contagion

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noun con·ta·gion \kən-ˈtā-jən\

Medical Definition of contagion

  1. 1:  the transmission of a disease by direct or indirect contact

  2. 2:  contagious disease

  3. 3:  a disease-producing agent (as a virus)




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