Definitions for quarantineˈkwɔr ənˌtin, ˈkwɒr-, ˌkwɔr ənˈtin, ˌkwɒr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

quar•an•tineˈkwɔr ənˌtin, ˈkwɒr-, ˌkwɔr ənˈtin, ˌkwɒr-(n.; v.)-tined, -tin•ing.

  1. (n.)a strict isolation imposed to prevent the spread of disease.

    Category: Pathology

  2. a period, orig. 40 days, of detention or isolation imposed upon ships, people, animals, or plants on arrival at a port or place, when suspected of carrying a contagious disease.

    Category: Pathology

  3. a system of measures maintained at ports, frontiers, etc., for preventing the spread of disease.

  4. a place or station at which such measures are carried out, as a place where ships are detained.

  5. the detention or isolation enforced.

  6. the place, as a hospital, where people are detained.

    Category: Pathology

  7. social, political, or economic isolation imposed as a punishment.

  8. a period of 40 days.

  9. (v.t.)to put in or subject to quarantine.

    Category: Pathology

  10. to exclude, detain, or isolate for political or social reasons.

Origin of quarantine:

1600–10; < It quarantina period of forty days, der. of quaranta forty 蠐 L quadrāgintā

quar′an•tin`a•ble(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. quarantine(noun)

    enforced isolation of patients suffering from a contagious disease in order to prevent the spread of disease

  2. quarantine(verb)

    isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease

  3. quarantine(verb)

    place into enforced isolation, as for medical reasons

    "My dog was quarantined before he could live in England"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quarantine(noun)

    a space of forty days; -- used of Lent

  2. Quarantine(noun)

    specifically, the term, originally of forty days, during which a ship arriving in port, and suspected of being infected a malignant contagious disease, is obliged to forbear all intercourse with the shore; hence, such restraint or inhibition of intercourse; also, the place where infected or prohibited vessels are stationed

  3. Quarantine(noun)

    the period of forty days during which the widow had the privilege of remaining in the mansion house of which her husband died seized

  4. Quarantine(verb)

    to compel to remain at a distance, or in a given place, without intercourse, when suspected of having contagious disease; to put under, or in, quarantine

Freebase

  1. Quarantine

    Quarantine "is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill.". The term is often erroneously used synonymously with isolation, which is "to separate ill persons who have a communicable disease from those who are healthy.".The word comes from the Italian quarantena, meaning forty-day period. Quarantine can be applied to humans, but also to animals of various kinds. Quarantine can apply to humans and animals as part of border control, as well as within a country.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Quarantine

    the prescribed time, generally 40 days (hence the name), of non-intercourse with the shore for a ship suspected of infection, latterly enforced, and that very strictly, in the cases of infection with yellow fever or plague; since November 1896, the system of quarantine as regards the British Islands has ceased to exist.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Quarantine

    Restriction of freedom of movement of individuals who have been exposed to infectious or communicable disease in order to prevent its spread; a period of detention of vessels, vehicles, or travelers coming from infected or suspected places; and detention or isolation on account of suspected contagion. It includes government regulations on the detention of animals at frontiers or ports of entrance for the prevention of infectious disease, through a period of isolation before being allowed to enter a country. (From Dorland, 28th ed & Black's Veterinary Dictionary, 17th ed)


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

quarantine(noun)

the keeping away from other people or animals of people or animals that might be carrying an infectious disease

My dog was in quarantine for six months.

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