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contagion

[ kuhn-tey-juhn ]
/ kənˈteɪ dʒən /
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noun
the communication of disease by direct or indirect contact.
a disease so communicated.
the medium by which a contagious disease is transmitted.
harmful or undesirable contact or influence.
the ready transmission or spread as of an idea or emotion from person to person: a contagion of fear.
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Origin of contagion

1350–1400; Middle English (<Middle French ) <Latin contāgiōn- (stem of contāgiō) contact, infection, equivalent to con-con- + tāg- (variant stem of tangere to touch) + -iōn--ion; cf. contact

OTHER WORDS FROM contagion

con·ta·gioned, adjectivenon·con·ta·gion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for contagion

contagion
/ (kənˈteɪdʒən) /

noun
the transmission of disease from one person to another by direct or indirect contact
a contagious disease
another name for contagium
a corrupting or harmful influence that tends to spread; pollutant
the spreading of an emotional or mental state among a number of peoplethe contagion of mirth

Word Origin for contagion

C14: from Latin contāgiō a touching, infection, from contingere; see contact
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Medical definitions for contagion

contagion
[ kən-tājən ]

n.
Disease transmission by direct or indirect contact.
A disease that is or may be transmitted by direct or indirect contact; a contagious disease.
The direct cause, such as a bacterium or virus, of a communicable disease.
The spread of a behavior pattern, attitude, or emotion from person to person or group to group through suggestion, propaganda, rumor, or imitation.
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Scientific definitions for contagion

contagion
[ kən-tājən ]

The transmission of an infectious disease resulting from direct or indirect contact between individuals or animals.
A disease that is transmitted in this way.
The agent that causes a contagious disease, such as a bacterium or a virus.
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