Definitions for: Contagion


[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"
[n] an incident is which an infectious disease is transmitted
[n] any disease easily transmitted by contact



Webster (1913) Definition: Con*ta"gion, n. [L. contagio: cf. F. contagion. See
Contact.]
1. (Med.) The transmission of a disease from one person to
another, by direct or indirect contact.

Note: The term has been applied by some to the action of
miasmata arising from dead animal or vegetable matter,
bogs, fens, etc., but in this sense it is now
abandoned. --Dunglison.

And will he steal out of his wholesome bed To
dare the vile contagion of the night? --Shak.

2. That which serves as a medium or agency to transmit
disease; a virus produced by, or exhalation proceeding
from, a diseased person, and capable of reproducing the
disease.

3. The act or means of communicating any influence to the
mind or heart; as, the contagion of enthusiasm. ``The
contagion of example.'' --Eikon Basilike.

When lust . . . Lets in defilement to the inward
parts, The soul grows clotted by contagion.
--Milton.

4. Venom; poison. [Obs.] ``I'll touch my point with this
contagion.'' --Shak.

Syn: See Infection.

Synonyms: contagious disease, infection, infection, transmission

See Also: communicable disease, communication, Cupid's disease, Cupid's itch, diphtheria, flu, grippe, incident, influenza, measles, morbilli, pox, rubeola, scarlatina, scarlet fever, sexually transmitted disease, social disease, trench mouth, VD, venereal disease, Venus's curse, Vincent's angina, Vincent's infection

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