adjective \-jəs\

: able to be passed from one person or animal to another by touching

: having a sickness that can be passed to someone else by touching

: capable of being easily spread to others : causing other people to feel or act a similar way

Full Definition of CONTAGIOUS

:  communicable by contact :  catching <contagious diseases>
:  bearing contagion <contagious people>
:  used for contagious diseases <a contagious ward>
:  exciting similar emotions or conduct in others <contagious enthusiasm>
con·ta·gious·ly adverb
con·ta·gious·ness noun

Examples of CONTAGIOUS

  1. It's a highly contagious virus.
  2. I have a cold and I'm still contagious.
  3. I'm sick, but the doctor says I'm not contagious.

First Known Use of CONTAGIOUS

14th century

Other Medicine Terms

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

Rhymes with CONTAGIOUS


adjective \-jəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CONTAGIOUS

: communicable by contact <tuberculosis in the contagious stage>—compare infectious 2
: bearing contagion <many persons…are contagious long before they are aware of the presence of their disease—Journal of the American Medical Association>
: used for contagious diseases <a contagious ward>
con·ta·gious·ly adverb
con·ta·gious·ness noun


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