Contagion



[kuh n-tey-juh n] /kənˈteɪ dʒən/

noun
1.
the communication of disease by direct or indirect contact.
2.
a disease so communicated.
3.
the medium by which a disease is transmitted.
4.
harmful or undesirable contact or influence.
5.
the ready transmission or spread as of an idea or emotion from person to person:
a contagion of fear.
/kənˈteɪdʒən/
noun
1.
the transmission of disease from one person to another by direct or indirect contact
2.
a contagious disease
3.
another name for contagium
4.
a corrupting or harmful influence that tends to spread; pollutant
5.
the spreading of an emotional or mental state among a number of people: the contagion of mirth
n.

late 14c., from Old French contagion, from Latin contagionem (nominative contagio) “a touching, contact, contagion,” related to contingere “touch closely” (see contact (n.)).

contagion con·ta·gion (kən-tā’jən)
n.

contagion
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