Definitions for infectionɪnˈfɛk ʃən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the act of infecting or the state of being infected.
an infecting agency or influence.
an infectious disease.
the condition of suffering an infection.
corruption of another's opinions, beliefs, etc.
an influence or impulse passing from one to another and affecting feeling or action.
Origin of infection:
1350–1400; ME < LL
the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms
(phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound
(medicine) the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms and their multiplication which can lead to tissue damage and disease
infection, contagion, transmission(noun)
an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people
"a contagion of mirth"; "the infection of his enthusiasm for poetry"
moral corruption or contamination
"ambitious men are led astray by an infection that is almost unavoidable"
(international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
contamination with disease
the risks of infection
an illness in part of the body caused by bacteria or a virus
I have a chest infection.
The act or process of infecting.
An uncontrolled growth of harmful microorganisms in a host.
the act or process of infecting
that which infects, or causes the communicated disease; any effluvium, miasm, or pestilential matter by which an infectious disease is caused
the state of being infected; contamination by morbific particles; the result of infecting influence; a prevailing disease; epidemic
that which taints or corrupts morally; as, the infection of vicious principles
contamination by illegality, as in cases of contraband goods; implication
sympathetic communication of like qualities or emotions; influence
Infection is the invasion of a host organism's bodily tissues by disease-causing organisms, their multiplication, and the reaction of host tissues to these organisms and the toxins they produce. Infections are caused by microorganisms such as viruses, prions, bacteria, and viroids, and larger organisms like macroparasites and fungi. Hosts can fight infections using their immune system. Mammalian hosts react to infections with an innate response, often involving inflammation, followed by an adaptive response. Pharmaceuticals can also help fight infections. The branch of medicine that focuses on infections and pathogens is infectious disease medicine.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Invasion of the host organism by microorganisms that can cause pathological conditions or diseases.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'infection' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3517
Rank popularity for the word 'infection' in Nouns Frequency: #1263
Translations for infection
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the process of infecting or state of being infected
You should wash your hands after handling raw meat to avoid infection.
- infeksie, ontstekingAfrikaans
- عَدْوى، إنْتِقال المَرَضArabic
- infecçãoPortuguese (BR)
- die AnsteckungGerman
- آلودگی؛ عفونتFarsi
- बीमारी की छूतHindi
- užkrėtimas, infekcijaLithuanian
- smitte, infeksjonNorwegian
- آلودگی؛ عفونتPersian
- smitta, smittoämneSwedish
- 感染Chinese (Trad.)
- جراثیم زدگیUrdu
- sự lây nhiễmVietnamese
- 感染Chinese (Simp.)
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