- the causative agent of a contagious or infectious disease, as a virus.
Origin of contagium
Examples from the Web for contagium
Historical Examples of contagium
He then sought to determine how the contagium maintained its vitality.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
Thus the theory of contagium vivum, for which Henle contended as early as 1821, was not forgotten.An Epitome of the History of Medicine
It does not follow that the contagium is the sole cause in every case in which it is present.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Nevertheless Kircher (mentioned already) is usually given undeserved credit for the contagium vivum theory.
Indeed, Oznam, in 1820, said it was no use to waste time in refuting hypotheses as to the animal nature of contagium.
- pathol the specific virus or other direct cause of any infectious disease
Word Origin for contagium
- The causative agent of a communicable disease; contagion.