Synonyms for infectionɪnˈfɛk ʃən
the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms
(phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound
(medicine) the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms and their multiplication which can lead to tissue damage and disease
infection, contagion, transmission(noun)
an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people
moral corruption or contamination
(international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure
infection(noun)The act or process of infecting.
infection(noun)An uncontrolled growth of harmful microorganisms in a host.
English Synonyms and Antonyms, by James Champlin Fernald
Infection is frequently confused with contagion, even by medical men. The best usage now limits contagion to diseases that are transmitted by contact with the diseased person, either directly by touch or indirectly by use of the same articles, by breath, effluvia, etc. Infection is applied to diseases produced by no known or definable influence of one person upon another, but where common climatic, malarious, or other wide-spread conditions are believed to be chiefly instrumental.
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