infected

adjective
in·​fect·​ed | \ in-ˈfek-təd How to pronounce infected (audio) \

Definition of infected

: having an infection : contaminated with an infective agent (such as a bacterium or virus) an infected wound Through a number of different means, these viruses persist at very low, hard-to-detect levels in infected cells.The Journal of the American Medical Association She explains that leptospirosis bacteria are shed in the urine of infected animals.— Tania Banak The fungus produces as many as 1 million conidia per square centimeter of infected leaf surface.— G. B. Lucas

First Known Use of infected

1534, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for infected

from past participle of infect

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The first known use of infected was in 1534

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“Infected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infected. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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infected

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of infected

: containing germs that cause disease
: having a disease caused by germs
: affected by a computer virus

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