[kuh n-tey-juh s] /kənˈteɪ dʒəs/
capable of being transmitted by bodily contact with an infected person or object:
carrying or spreading a contagious disease.
tending to spread from person to person:
(of a disease) capable of being passed on by direct contact with a diseased individual or by handling clothing, etc, contaminated with the causative agent Compare infectious
(of an organism) harbouring or spreading the causative agent of a transmissible disease
causing or likely to cause the same reaction or emotion in several people; catching; infectious: her laughter was contagious
late 14c., from Old French contagieus (Modern French contagieux), from Late Latin contagiosus, from Latin contagio (see contact (n.)).
contagious con·ta·gious (kən-tā’jəs)
Our Living Language : A contagious disease is one that can be transmitted from one living being to another through direct or indirect contact. Thus the flu, which can be transmitted by coughing, and cholera, which is often acquired by drinking contaminated water, are contagious diseases. Although infectious is also used to refer to such diseases, it has a slightly different meaning in that it refers to diseases caused by infectious agents—agents such as viruses and bacteria that are not normally present in the body and can cause an infection. While the notion of contagiousness goes back to ancient times, the idea of infectious diseases is more modern, coming from the germ theory of disease, which was not proposed until the later nineteenth century. Contagious and infectious are also used to refer to people who have communicable diseases at a stage at which transmission to others is likely.
[kuh n-tey-nuh-rahyz] /kənˈteɪ nəˌraɪz/ verb (used with object), containerized, containerizing. 1. to package (freight) in uniform, sealed for shipment. 2. to perform (a materials-handling operation) with the help of . 3. to make suitable for a containerization system. verb (used without object), containerized, containerizing. 4. to adopt containerization. /kənˈteɪnəˌraɪz/ verb (transitive) 1. to convey (cargo) […]
[kuh n-tam-uh-ney-shuh n] /kənˌtæm əˈneɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the act of contaminating, or of making something impure or unsuitable by contact with something unclean, bad, etc. 2. the act of contaminating, or of rendering something harmful or unusable by the addition of radioactive material: the contamination of food following a nuclear attack. 3. the state […]
[kuh n-tem-puh-rey-nee-uh s] /kənˌtɛm pəˈreɪ ni əs/ adjective 1. living or occurring during the same period of time; contemporary. /kənˌtɛmpəˈreɪnɪəs/ adjective 1. existing, beginning, or occurring in the same period of time adj. 1650s, from Late Latin contemporaneus “contemporary,” from the same source as contemporary but with a form after Late Latin temporaneous “timely.” Related: […]
[kuh n-tem-puh-rer-ee] /kənˈtɛm pəˌrɛr i/ adjective 1. existing, occurring, or living at the same time; belonging to the same time: Newton’s discovery of the calculus was contemporary with that of Leibniz. 2. of about the same age or date: a Georgian table with a contemporary wig stand. 3. of the present time; modern: a lecture […]