from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Capable of causing infection.
- adj. Caused by or capable of being transmitted by infection.
- adj. Caused by a pathogenic microorganism or agent.
- adj. Easily or readily communicated: an infectious laugh.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Transmitted from one person to another, usually through the air breathed.
- adj. Able to infect others.
- adj. Spreading quickly from one person to another.
- adj. Memorable and invoking excitement or interest.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having qualities that may infect; communicable or caused by infection; pestilential; epidemic
- adj. Corrupting, or tending to corrupt or contaminate; vitiating; demoralizing.
- adj. Contaminating with illegality; exposing to seizure and forfeiture.
- adj. Capable of being easily diffused or spread; sympathetic; readily communicated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Communicable by infection; easily diffused or spread from person to person or from place to place, as a disease, a moral influence, or a mental condition: specifically applied to diseases which are capable of being communicated from one to another, or which pervade certain places, attacking persons there, independently of any contact with those already sick. Infectious diseases include contagious and miasmatic diseases.
- Capable of communicating infection; that infects, taints, or corrupts; contaminating: as, infectious clothing; infectious air; an infectious vice.
- In law, capable of contaminating with illegality; exposing to seizure or forfeiture.
- Synonyms Catching, communicable.
- Contaminating, poisoning, defiling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. caused by infection or capable of causing infection
- adj. of or relating to infection
- adj. easily spread
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