contagion

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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 (such as a virus)

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

  3. 3a :  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.

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

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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

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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

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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)



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