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Definitions of infection

  1. the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people; " a contagion of mirth"; " the infection of his enthusiasm for poetry"
  2. an incident is which an infectious disease is transmitted
  3. the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms
  4. ( international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure
  5. moral corruption or contamination; " ambitious men are led astray by an infection that is almost unavoidable"
  6. ( medicine) the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms and their multiplication which can lead to tissue damage and disease
  7. ( phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound
  8. an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
  9. The act or process of infecting.
  10. That which infects, or causes the communicated disease; any effluvium, miasm, or pestilential matter by which an infectious disease is caused.
  11. The state of being infected; contamination by morbific particles; the result of infecting influence; a prevailing disease; epidemic.
  12. That which taints or corrupts morally; as, the infection of vicious principles.
  13. Contamination by illegality, as in cases of contraband goods; implication.
  14. Sympathetic communication of like qualities or emotions; influence.
  15. Invasion and multiplication of microorganisms in body tissues, which may be clinically inapparent or result in local cellular injury. A local infection may persist and spread by extension to become an acute, subacute, or chronic clinical infection or disease state. It may also become systemic when the microorganisms gain access to the lymphatic or vascular system. ( From Dorland, 27th ed)
  16. The act of communicating disease or taint; that which communicates disease or corrupts; taint; communication of disease from the sick to the healthy; a disease that may be communicated.
  17. Invasion by living pathogenic microorganisms of a part of the body where the conditions are favorable to their growth and whence their toxins may gain access to, and act injuriously upon, the tissues. See conagion.
  18. Propagation of a disease through its germs.
  19. Act of infecting: that which infects or taints.
  20. Act of infecting; that which infects.
  21. Communication of disease, as by contact.
  22. Act of infecting; the thing which infects or taints.
  23. The act by which poisonous matter or exhalations produce disease in a healthy body; that which taints or corrupts, as by communication from one to another.
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Usage examples for infection

  1. One, Two, and Three caught the infection and volunteered to be the escort on horseback. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  2. " Infection might set in. – The Attempted Assassination of ex-President Theodore Roosevelt by Oliver Remey Henry Cochems Wheeler Bloodgood
  3. Jean had scarcely recovered her physical strength when she was attacked by measles, and Clara also fell a victim to the infection – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  4. There had been infection – The Flag by Homer Greene
  5. It is sadly liable to infection and it may be that, when you ask for it, it may prove no exception to the general rule. – Cities of the Dawn by J. Ewing Ritchie
  6. He quieted Kit, but could see from every motion that she was catching the infection of the fear. – The Boy With the U. S. Foresters by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  7. I shall not take the infection to- night. – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur
  8. Another method of its introduction is by the purchase of a calf from a herd where the infection exists. – Special Report on Diseases of Cattle by U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler
  9. The other legions also caught the infection and their dislike of the German troops made them harbour thoughts of war. – Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
  10. I commend your determination, for the nurses are, for the most part, worse than useless, and carry the infection all over the house. – When London Burned by G. A. Henty
  11. Louis caught the infection and died a few days later. – Superwomen by Albert Payson Terhune
  12. The least you can do is to warn me of the danger point, before the infection has time to spread. – An Unknown Lover by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  13. To us it was a matter of course that, if we were ill, Mrs Doctor should have us shut up in another part of the house, and, with her two daughters, risk infection and nurse us back to health. – Burr Junior by G. Manville Fenn
  14. There should be a stick for every child, so that infection cannot possibly be carried from one to the other. – Civics and Health by William H. Allen
  15. He had fever and the dreaded infection had set in. – The House of Toys by Henry Russell Miller
  16. 15. In order to prevent infection from disease, two big things are necessary. – The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever Easley S. Jones
  17. For I had caught the infection of the mob, my blood was on fire. – The Red Cockade by Stanley J. Weyman
  18. The skin should be kept clean and active, and skin wounds, even though small, should be guarded against infection – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  19. Fetors spread infection he thinks. – Erasmus and the Age of Reformation by Johan Huizinga
  20. Then I thought there was less danger of some blood poisoning or infection setting in if he was somewhere that he could be watched by a doctor, and the journey was worth the risk. – The Boy With the U. S. Survey by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
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