communicable disease

n.
  1. A disease that is transmitted through direct contact with an infected individual or indirectly through a vector.contagious disease
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communicable disease in Culture

communicable disease

Any disease transmitted from one person or animal to another; also called contagious disease. Sometimes quarantine is required to prevent the spread of disease.

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