contagious

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adjective con·ta·gious \-jəs\

Definition of contagious

  1. 1 :  communicable by contact :  catching <contagious diseases>

  2. 2 :  bearing contagion <contagious people>

  3. 3 :  used for contagious diseases <a contagious ward>

  4. 4 :  exciting similar emotions or conduct in others <contagious enthusiasm> <contagious laughter>

contagiously

adverb

contagiousness

noun

Examples of contagious in a sentence

  1. It's a highly contagious virus.

  2. I have a cold and I'm still contagious.

  3. I'm sick, but the doctor says I'm not contagious.

Origin and Etymology of contagious

see contagion


First Known Use: 14th century


CONTAGIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

contagious

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adjective con·ta·gious \-jəs\

Definition of contagious for English Language Learners

  • : able to be passed from one person or animal to another by touching

  • : having a sickness that can be passed to someone else by touching

  • : capable of being easily spread to others : causing other people to feel or act a similar way


CONTAGIOUS Defined for Kids

contagious

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adjective con·ta·gious \kən-ˈtā-jəs\

Definition of contagious for Students

  1. 1 :  able to be passed from one individual to another through contact <a contagious disease>

  2. 2 :  having a sickness that can be passed to someone else

  3. 3 :  causing other people to feel or act a similar way <a contagious laugh>


Medical Dictionary

contagious

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adjective con·ta·gious \-jəs\

Medical Definition of contagious

  1. 1:  communicable by contact <tuberculosis in the contagious stage>—compare infectious 2

  2. 2:  bearing contagion <many persons…are contagious long before they are aware of the presence of their disease—Journal of the American Medical Association>

  3. 3:  used for contagious diseases <a contagious ward>

contagiously

adverb

contagiousness

noun


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