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carrier

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noun car·ri·er \ˈkar-ē-ər\

Medical Definition of carrier

  1. 1a:  a person, animal, or plant that harbors and transmits the causative agent of an infectious disease; especially :  one who carries the causative agent systemically but is asymptomatic or immune to it <a carrier of typhoid fever>—compare reservoir 2, vector 2b:  an individual possessing a specified gene and capable of transmitting it to offspring but not expressing or only weakly expressing its phenotype; especially :  one that is heterozygous for a recessive factor

  2. 2:  a usually inactive substance used in association with an active substance especially for aiding in the application of the active substance: asa:  a support for a catalystb:  a vehicle serving especially as a diluent (as for an insecticide or a drug)

  3. 3:  a substance (as a catalyst) by whose agency some element or group is transferred from one compound to another





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