infectious disease

noun

Definition of infectious disease

: a disease (such as influenza, malaria, meningitis, rabies, or tetanus) caused by the entrance into the body of pathogenic agents or microorganisms (such as bacteria, viruses, protozoans, or fungi) which grow and multiply there — compare communicable disease, contagious disease

First Known Use of infectious disease

1600, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of infectious disease was in 1600

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“Infectious disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infectious%20disease. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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infectious disease

noun

Medical Definition of infectious disease

: a disease (as influenza, malaria, meningitis, rabies, or tetanus) caused by the entrance into the body of pathogenic agents or microorganisms (as bacteria, viruses, protozoans, or fungi) which grow and multiply there — compare communicable disease, contagious disease

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