[in-fek-shuh s] /ɪnˈfɛk ʃəs/
communicable by , as from one person to another or from one part of the body to another:
causing or communicating .
tending to spread from one to another:
Law. capable of contaminating with illegality; exposing to seizure or forfeiture.
(of a disease) capable of being transmitted Compare contagious
(of a disease) caused by microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, or protozoa
causing or transmitting infection
tending or apt to spread, as from one person to another: infectious mirth
“catching, having the quality of spreading from person to person,” 1540s of diseases, 1610s of emotions, actions, etc.; see infect + -ous.
infectious in·fec·tious (ĭn-fěk’shəs)
Capable of causing infection. See Note at contagious.
[in-ig-zakt] /ˌɪn ɪgˈzækt/ adjective 1. not ; not strictly precise or accurate. /ˌɪnɪɡˈzækt/ adjective 1. not exact or accurate adj. 1828, from in- (1) “not, opposite of” + exact. Related: Inexactly.
- Infectious polyneuritis
infectious polyneuritis n. See acute idiopathic polyneuritis.
- Infectious warts virus
infectious warts virus n. See human papilloma virus.
[in-fek-tiv] /ɪnˈfɛk tɪv/ adjective 1. . /ɪnˈfɛktɪv/ adjective 1. capable of causing infection 2. a less common word for infectious adj. late 14c., from Latin infectivus, from infectus (see infect). infective in·fec·tive (ĭn-fěk’tĭv) adj. Capable of producing infection; infectious. in·fec’tive·ness or in’fec·tiv’i·ty n.