contagium


con·ta·gium

noun \kən-ˈtā-j(ē-)əm\
plural con·ta·gia\-j(ē-)ə\

Definition of CONTAGIUM

:  an agent capable of causing a communicable disease

Origin of CONTAGIUM

Latin, contagion, from contingere
First Known Use: 1870

con·ta·gium

noun \kən-ˈtā-j(ē-)əm\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural con·ta·gia \-j(ē-)ə\

Medical Definition of CONTAGIUM

: a virus or living organism capable of causing a communicable disease

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