from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Disease transmission by direct or indirect contact.
- noun A disease that is or may be transmitted by direct or indirect contact; a contagious disease.
- noun The direct cause, such as a bacterium or virus, of a communicable disease.
- noun Psychology The spread of a behavior pattern, attitude, or emotion from person to person or group to group through suggestion, propaganda, rumor, or imitation.
- noun A harmful, corrupting influence.
- noun The tendency to spread, as of a doctrine, influence, or emotional state.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Infectious contact or communication; specifically and commonly, the communication of a disease from one person or brute to another.
- noun Hence The communication of a state of feeling, particularly of moral feeling, or of ideas, from one person to another; especially, the communication of moral evil; propagation of mischief; infection: as, the contagion of enthusiasm; the contagion of vice or of evil example.
- noun Contagium.
- noun Pestilential influence; malarial or poisonous exhalations.
- noun A contagious disease.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Med.) The transmission of a disease from one person to another, by direct or indirect contact.
- noun 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.
- noun The act or means of communicating any influence to the mind or heart.
- noun obsolete Venom; poison.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
diseasespread by contact
- noun The
spreador transmissionof such a disease
- noun The spread of anything harmful, as if it were such a disease
- noun finance A situation in which small
shocks, which initially affect only a few financialinstitutions or a particular region of an economy, spread to the rest of financial sectors and other countries whose economies were previously healthy.
- noun finance A resulting
recessionor crisisdeveloped in such manner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people
- noun an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
- noun any disease easily transmitted by contact
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Middle English contagioun, from Latin contāgiō, contāgiōn-, from contingere, contāct-, to touch; see contact.]
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From Middle English (late 14th century), from Old French, from Latin contagio ("a touching, contact, contagion") related to contingo ("touch closely")
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