contagion

noun con·ta·gion \ kən-ˈtā-jən \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of contagion

1 a : a contagious disease
b : the transmission of a disease by direct or indirect contact
c : a disease-producing agent (such as a virus)
2 a : poison
b : contagious influence, quality, or nature
c : corrupting influence or contact
3 a : rapid communication of an influence (such 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.

Recent Examples of contagion from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of contagion

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


CONTAGION Defined for English Language Learners

contagion

noun

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

noun con·ta·gion \ kən-ˈtā-jən \

Definition of contagion for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

contagion

noun con·ta·gion \ kən-ˈtā-jən \

medical Definition of contagion

1 : the transmission of a disease by direct or indirect contact
3 : a disease-producing agent (as a virus)


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