contagium

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

Nearby words

  1. contagious disease,
  2. contagious granular conjunctivitis,
  3. contagious magic,
  4. contagious stomatitis,
  5. contagiously,
  6. contain,
  7. contained,
  8. container,
  9. container car,
  10. container garden

Origin of contagium

1645–55; < Latin, equivalent to contāg- (see contagion) + -ium -ium

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British Dictionary definitions for contagium

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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Medicine definitions for contagium

contagium

[ kən-tājəm ]

n. pl. con•ta•gia (-jə)

The causative agent of a communicable disease; contagion.

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