Definitions for: Infection

[n] (international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure
[n] moral corruption or contamination; "ambitious men are led astray by an infection that is almost unavoidable"
[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] (medicine) the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms and their multiplication which can lead to tissue damage and disease
[n] (phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound
[n] the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms

Webster (1913) Definition: 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

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

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