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  Definition of infection
  1. (international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure
  2. moral corruption or contamination; "ambitious men are led astray by an infection that is almost unavoidable"
  3. the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people; "a contagion of mirth"; "the infection of his enthusiasm for poetry"
  4. an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
  5. (medicine) the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms and their multiplication which can lead to tissue damage and disease
  6. (phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound
  7. the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms
Similar Words: contagion, transmission

 

Hyponyms: zymosis, enterobiasis, felon, whitlow, focal infection, nonsocial infection, cross infection, opportunistic infection, paronychia, protozoal infection, respiratory tract infection, respiratory infection, scabies, itch, schistosomiasis, bilharzia, bilharziasis, sepsis, sore, staphylococcal infection, streptococcal sore throat, strep throat, streptococcus tonsilitis, septic sore throat, throat infection, sty, stye, hordeolum, eye infection, superinfection, suprainfection, tapeworm infection, tetanus, lockjaw, toxoplasmosis, viral infection, virus infection, vaccinia, vaccina, variola vaccine, variola vaccinia, variola vaccina

 

Derivational Morphology: infect, convey, transmit, communicate, taint

 

 
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