contagion

play
noun con·ta·gion \kən-ˈtā-jən\

Definition of contagion

  1. 1a :  a contagious diseaseb :  the transmission of a disease by direct or indirect contactc :  a disease-producing agent (as a virus)

  2. 2a :  poisonb :  contagious influence, quality, or naturec :  corrupting influence or contact

  3. 3a :  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


CONTAGION Defined for English Language Learners

contagion

play
noun con·ta·gion \kən-ˈtā-jən\

Definition of contagion for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CONTAGION Defined for Kids

contagion

play
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

play
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)



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up contagion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

sparing in use of food or drink

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • fox-in-front-of-cabin-in-winter
  • The month of December comes from a Latin word that referred to which month of the year?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ