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Meaning of INFECTION

Pronunciation:  in'fekshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure
  2. [n]  moral corruption or contamination; "ambitious men are led astray by an infection that is almost unavoidable"
  3. [n]  the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people; "a contagion of mirth"; "the infection of his enthusiasm for poetry"
  4. [n]  an incident is which an infectious disease is transmitted
  5. [n]  (medicine) the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms and their multiplication which can lead to tissue damage and disease
  6. [n]  (phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound
  7. [n]  the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms

INFECTION is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: contagion, contagion, transmission
 See Also: bilharzia, bilharziasis, communication, corruption, corruptness, enterobiasis, eye infection, felon, focal infection, health problem, hordeolum, ill health, illegality, incident, incubation, itch, linguistic process, lockjaw, opportunistic infection, paronychia, pathologic process, pathological process, protozoal infection, respiratory infection, respiratory tract infection, scabies, schistosomiasis, sepsis, septic sore throat, sore, staphylococcal infection, strep throat, streptococcal sore throat, streptococcus tonsilitis, sty, stye, superinfection, suprainfection, tapeworm infection, tetanus, throat infection, toxoplasmosis, unhealthiness, viral infection, virus infection, whitlow, zymosis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: the invasion of the body by microorganisms that cause disease.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you have an infection, represents minor problems and annoyances.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Growth of a disease-causing organism within the body.
Thesaurus Terms
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