Origin of infective
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Is not this the way that infective diseases have appeared on the earth from age to age?
It was no new thing to say, or to guess, that phthisis was or might be infective.
As with typhoid, so with Malta fever, cholera, and some other infective diseases.
But morbus pauperum is not the only principle of infective disease.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)
Nor does the blood imbibed by the flea cease to be infective when it passes from the stomach.The Flea
- capable of causing infection
- a less common word for infectious
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Word Origin and History for infective
late 14c., from Latin infectivus, from infectus (see infect).
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- Capable of producing infection; infectious.
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