Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Tendency or capacity to infect; infectiousness.

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  • noun The ability of a pathogen to establish an infection

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Prion infectivity is extremely resistant to degradation, resulting in an environmental persistence of infectious agent.

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  • Prion infectivity is extremely resistant to degradation, resulting in an environmental persistence of infectious agent.

    CWD Worse Than Ever In Wisconsin Counties

  • It crystallizes uniformly from solutions such that the specific infectivity is not altered by recrystallization, not even under conditions of extremely fractionated recrystallization.

    Max Delbrück - Nobel Lecture

  • He found that the filamentous forms of some viruses (e.g. those of myxoviruses such as those which cause influenza, mumps, fowl plague, and Newcastle disease) can be ruptured by suspending them in water, and suggested that their infectivity is limited to their tips, so that these filamentous forms can, as later work showed, be regarded as having an infective «warhead» composed of nucleic acid and a long tail composed of non-infective viral haemagglutinin.

    Sir Frank MacFarlane Burnet - Biography

  • But the main thing to know is that tooth decay is a bacterial infection and you can spread it from one person to another during the window of infectivity, which is during infancy and especially during the time of tooth eruption.

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  • They may be harder or easier to catch ("infectivity"); they can cause a milder or more severe illness ("virulence").

    Everything You Need to Know About the Flu

  • They may be harder or easier to catch ("infectivity"); they can cause a milder or more severe illness ("virulence").

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  • Unsafe sex -- a vital part of the 'infectivity' leg of the Triad -- swiftly rose.

    Gabriel Rotello: Andrew Sullivan Declares the 'End of AIDS' - Again

  • The purpose of condoms, for example, is to decrease the 'infectivity' leg of HIV's Triad of Risk.

    Gabriel Rotello: Andrew Sullivan Declares the 'End of AIDS' - Again

  • In this war, assassination attacks are now popular because the people never get a chance to see their brutality, illegality, infectivity, and callousness.

    Majid Sharifi: The Myth of the Empire

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