noun (plural contagia) Etymology: Latin, contagion, from contingere Date: 1870 an agent capable of causing a communicable disease

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  • Contagium — Con*ta gi*um, n. [L.] Contagion; contagious matter. Contagium of measles. Tyndall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Contagĭum — (lat.), s. Kontagium …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Contagium — Contagium, der Ansteckungsstoff, ein thierisches Gift, welches den ansteckenden Krankheiten zum Grunde liegt. Man unterscheidet flüchtige Contagien, welche Pest, Blattern verbreiten, und fixe, welche den Aussatz, Wasserscheu nach dem Bisse toller …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • Contagium — vgl. Kontagium …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • contagium — [kən tā′jəm, kən tā′jē əm] n. pl. contagia [kən tā′jē ə] [L, a touching, var. of contagio: see CONTAGION] Obs. CONTAGION (sense 3) …   English World dictionary

  • contagium — /keuhn tay jeuhm, jee euhm/, n., pl. contagia / jeuh, jee euh/. Pathol. the causative agent of a contagious or infectious disease, as a virus. [1645 55; < L, equiv. to contag (see CONTAGION) + ium IUM] * * * …   Universalium

  • contagium — The agent of an infectious disease. SYN: contagion (1). [L. a touching] * * * con·ta·gium kən tā j(ē )əm n, pl gia j(ē )ə a virus or living organism capable of causing a communicable disease …   Medical dictionary

  • contagium — n. originator of an infectious disease (such as a virus) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • contagium — con·ta·gium …   English syllables

  • contagium — con•ta•gium [[t]kənˈteɪ dʒəm, dʒi əm[/t]] n. pl. gia [[t] dʒə, dʒi ə[/t]] pat the causative agent of a contagious or infectious disease, as a virus • Etymology: 1645–55; < L, =contāg (see contagion) + ium ium I …   From formal English to slang

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