verb (used with object)
to affect or contaminate (a person, organ, wound, etc.) with disease-producing germs.
to affect with disease.
to taint or contaminate with something that affects quality, character, or condition unfavorably:
to infect the air with poison gas.
to corrupt or affect morally:
The news of the gold strike infected him with greed.
to imbue with some pernicious belief, opinion, etc.
to affect with a computer virus.
to affect so as to influence feeling or action:
His courage infected the others.
Law. to taint with illegality, or expose to penalty, forfeiture, etc.
verb (used without object)
to become infected.
verb (mainly transitive)
to cause infection in; contaminate (an organism, wound, etc) with pathogenic microorganisms
(also intransitive) to affect or become affected with a communicable disease
to taint, pollute, or contaminate
to affect, esp adversely, as if by contagion
(computing) to affect with a computer virus
(mainly international law) to taint with crime or illegality; expose to penalty or subject to forfeiture
(archaic) contaminated or polluted with or as if with a disease; infected
late 14c., from Latin infectus, past participle of inficere “to spoil, stain,” literally “to put in to, dip into,” from in- “in” (see in- (2)) + facere “perform” (see factitious). Related: Infected; infecting.
infect in·fect (ĭn-fěkt’)
v. in·fect·ed, in·fect·ing, in·fects
[in-fek-tee, in-fek-] /ˌɪn fɛkˈti, ɪn fɛk-/ noun 1. a person who has been , especially with a disease.
- Infected abortion
infected abortion n. Abortion complicated by infection of the genital tract.
[in-fek-shuh n] /ɪnˈfɛk ʃən/ noun 1. an act or fact of ; state of being . 2. an with germs of disease, as through the medium of insects, air, water, or clothing. 3. an agency or influence. 4. an disease: Is this infection very dangerous? 5. the condition of suffering an infection. 6. corruption of […]
- Infection-exhaustion psychosis
infection-exhaustion psychosis n. A psychosis that occurs following an acute infection, shock, or chronic intoxication.