[in-fek-shuh n] /ɪnˈfɛk ʃən/
an act or fact of ; state of being .
an with germs of disease, as through the medium of insects, air, water, or clothing.
an agency or influence.
Is this infection very dangerous?
the condition of suffering an infection.
corruption of another’s opinions, beliefs, moral principles, etc.; moral contamination.
an influence or impulse passing from one to another and affecting feeling or action.
Grammar. (in Celtic languages) assimilation in which a vowel is influenced by a following vowel or semivowel; umlaut.
invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms
the resulting condition in the tissues
an infectious disease
the act of infecting or state of being infected
an agent or influence that infects
persuasion or corruption, as by ideas, perverse influences, etc
late 14c., “infectious disease; contaminated condition;” from Old French infeccion “contamination, poisoning” (13c.) and directly from Late Latin infectionem (nominative infectio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin inficere (see infect). Meaning “communication of disease by agency of air or water” (distinguished from contagion, which is body-to-body communication), is from 1540s.
infection in·fec·tion (ĭn-fěk’shən)
The invasion of the body of a human or an animal by a pathogen such as a bacterium, fungus, or virus. Infections can be localized, as in pharyngitis, or widespread as in sepsis, and are often accompanied by fever and an increased number of white blood cells. Individuals with immunodeficiency syndromes are predisposed to certain infections. See also infectious disease, opportunistic infection.
Invasion of the body or a body part by a pathogenic organism, which multiplies and produces harmful effects on the body’s tissues.
- Infection-exhaustion psychosis
infection-exhaustion psychosis n. A psychosis that occurs following an acute infection, shock, or chronic intoxication.
- Infection immunity
infection immunity n. Relative immunity to severe infection by a particular pathogen as a result of a chronic low-grade infection induced earlier by the same pathogen. Also called premunition.
[in-fek-shuh s] /ɪnˈfɛk ʃəs/ adjective 1. communicable by , as from one person to another or from one part of the body to another: infectious diseases. 2. causing or communicating . 3. tending to spread from one to another: infectious laughter. 4. Law. capable of contaminating with illegality; exposing to seizure or forfeiture. 5. Obsolete. […]
[rahy-noh-trey-kee-ahy-tis] /ˌraɪ noʊˌtreɪ kiˈaɪ tɪs/ noun, Veterinary Pathology. 1. an infectious disease of cattle, characterized by inflammation and congestion of the respiratory passages and caused by a herpes virus. Abbreviation: IBR.