[ kuh n-tey-juh m, -jee-uh m ]
/ kənˈteɪ dʒəm, -dʒi əm /

noun, plural con·ta·gia [kuh n-tey-juh, -jee-uh] /kənˈteɪ dʒə, -dʒi ə/. Pathology.

the causative agent of a contagious or infectious disease, as a virus.

Origin of contagium

1645–55; < Latin, equivalent to contāg- (see contagion) + -ium -ium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for contagium

/ (kənˈteɪdʒɪəm) /

noun plural -gia (-dʒɪə)

pathol the specific virus or other direct cause of any infectious disease

Word Origin for contagium

C17: from Latin, variant of contāgiō contagion
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Medical definitions for contagium

[ kən-tājəm ]

n. pl. con•ta•gia (-jə)

The causative agent of a communicable disease; contagion.
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