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Synonyms for infectionɪnˈfɛk ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. infection(noun)

    the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms

    contagion, transmission

  2. infection(noun)

    (phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound

    contagion, transmission

  3. infection(noun)

    (medicine) the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms and their multiplication which can lead to tissue damage and disease

    contagion, transmission

  4. infection, contagion, transmission(noun)

    an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted

    transmission, contagious disease, transmittance, contagion, transmittal, infection, transmitting, transmission system

  5. contagion, infection(noun)

    the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people

    "a contagion of mirth"; "the infection of his enthusiasm for poetry"

    transmission, contagion, contagious disease, infection

  6. infection(noun)

    moral corruption or contamination

    "ambitious men are led astray by an infection that is almost unavoidable"

    contagion, transmission

  7. infection(noun)

    (international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure

    contagion, transmission

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. infection

    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.


Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. infection(n.)


  2. infection(n.)

    contamination, taint, bane, pest, poison

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

infections, contagion, contamination, infected, disease, infectious, infestation

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