infection
noun Date: 14th century 1. the act or result of affecting injuriously 2. an infective agent or material contaminated with an infective agent 3. a. the state produced by the establishment of an infective agent in or on a suitable host b. a disease resulting from infection 4. an act or process of infecting; also the establishment of a pathogen in its host after invasion 5. the communication of emotions or qualities through example or contact

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  • INFECTION — Les maladies infectieuses, dites également maladies transmissibles, diffèrent des autres affections en ce que leur naissance requiert absolument la pénétration dans l’organisme hôte d’un agent infectant vivant. La spécificité de celui ci apparaît …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Infection — In*fec tion, n. [Cf. F. infection, L. infectio a dyeing.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or process of infecting. [1913 Webster] There was a strict order against coming to those pits, and that was only to prevent infection. De Foe. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • infection — Infection. sub. f. Grande puanteur. Cet esgoust là est la plus grande infection. il en sort une si estrange infection. infection insupportable. Il signifie aussi, Corruption contagieuse. L Infection des corps morts mit la peste dans cette ville …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • infection — [in fek′shən] n. [ME infeccioun < OFr infection < LL infectio] 1. an infecting; specif., a) the act of causing to become diseased b) the act of affecting with one s feelings or beliefs 2. the fact or state of being infected, esp. by the… …   English World dictionary

  • Infection — (v. lat.), Ansteckung …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Infection — Infection, lat. deutsch, in der Medicin die Erkrankung durch ein Miasma, vergl. Ansteckung …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • infection — index contaminate, disease Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • infection — late 14c., infectious disease; contaminated condition; from O.Fr. infeccion contamination, poisoning (13c.) and dir. from L.L. infectionem (nom. infectio), noun of action from pp. stem of L. inficere (see INFECT (Cf. infect)). Meaning… …   Etymology dictionary

  • infection — [n] contamination bug*, communicability, contagion, contagiousness, corruption, defilement, disease, epidemic, flu, germs, impurity, insanitation, poison, pollution, septicity, virus, what’s going around*; concepts 230,306 Ant. sanitation,… …   New thesaurus

  • infection — ► NOUN 1) the process of infecting or the state of being infected. 2) an infectious disease …   English terms dictionary

  • infection — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ nasty, serious, severe ▪ mild, minor, moderate ▪ acute, chronic ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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