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English Dictionary: infection by the DICT Development Group
2 results for infection
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms
  2. (phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound
  3. (medicine) the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms and their multiplication which can lead to tissue damage and disease
  4. an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
    Synonym(s): infection, contagion, transmission
  5. the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people; "a contagion of mirth"; "the infection of his enthusiasm for poetry"
    Synonym(s): contagion, infection
  6. moral corruption or contamination; "ambitious men are led astray by an infection that is almost unavoidable"
  7. (international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Infection \In*fec"tion\, n. [Cf. F. infection, L. infectio a
      1. The act or process of infecting.
                     There was a strict order against coming to those
                     pits, and that was only to prevent infection. --De
      2. That which infects, or causes the communicated disease;
            any effluvium, miasm, or pestilential matter by which an
            infectious disease is caused.
                     And that which was still worse, they that did thus
                     break out spread the infection further by their
                     wandering about with the distemper upon them. --De
      3. The state of being infected; contamination by morbific
            particles; the result of infecting influence; a prevailing
            disease; epidemic.
                     The danger was really very great, the infection
                     being so very violent in London.         --De Foe.
      4. That which taints or corrupts morally; as, the infection
            of vicious principles.
                     It was her chance to light Amidst the gross
                     infections of those times.                  --Daniel.
      5. (Law) Contamination by illegality, as in cases of
            contraband goods; implication.
      6. Sympathetic communication of like qualities or emotions;
                     Through all her train the soft infection ran.
                     Mankind are gay or serious by infection. --Rambler.
      Syn: {Infection}, {Contagion}.
      Usage: Infection is often used in a definite and limited
                  sense of the transmission of affections without direct
                  contact of individuals or immediate application or
                  introduction of the morbific agent, in
                  contradistinction to contagion, which then implies
                  transmission by direct contact. Quain. See
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