carrier

[ kar-ee-er ]
/ ˈkær i ər /

noun

Origin of carrier

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at carry, -er1
Related formsin·ter·car·ri·er, nounnon·car·ri·er, nounsu·per·car·ri·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for carrier (1 of 2)

carrier

/ (ˈkærɪə) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for carrier (2 of 2)

Carrier

/ (ˈkærɪə) /

noun

a member of an Athapaskan Native North American people of British Columbia
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Word Origin and History for carrier

carrier


n.

late 14c., agent noun from carry (v.). Meaning "person or animal that carries and disseminates infection without suffering obvious disease" is from 1899; genetic sense is 1933. As a short form of aircraft carrier it dates from 1917. Carrier pigeon is from 1640s.

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Medicine definitions for carrier

carrier

[ kărē-ər ]

n.

A person or an animal that shows no symptoms of a disease but harbors the infectious agent of that disease and is capable of transmitting it to others.
A compound capable of transferring a hydrogen atom from one compound to another.
A quantity of naturally occurring element added to a minute amount of pure isotope, especially a radioactive one, to facilitate the chemical handling of the isotope.
An individual that carries, but does not express, a gene for a particular recessive trait, yet when mated with another carrier, can produce offspring that do.
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Science definitions for carrier

carrier

[ kărē-ər ]

A person, animal, or plant that serves as a host for a pathogen and can transmit it to others, but is immune to it. Mosquitoes are carriers of malaria.
An organism that carries a gene for a trait but does not show the trait itself. Carriers can produce offspring that express the trait by mating with another carrier of the same gene. See more at recessive.
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