- an act or fact of infecting; state of being infected.
- an infecting with germs of disease, as through the medium of infected insects, air, water, or clothing.
- an infecting agency or influence.
- an infectious disease: Is this infection very dangerous?
- the condition of suffering an infection.
- corruption of another's opinions, beliefs, moral principles, etc.; moral contamination.
- an influence or impulse passing from one to another and affecting feeling or action.
- Grammar. (in Celtic languages) assimilation in which a vowel is influenced by a following vowel or semivowel; umlaut.
Origin of infection
Related Words for infectiondisease, epidemic, virus, bug, pollution, flu, impurity, contagion, poison, corruption, defilement, germs, communicability, contagiousness, insanitation, septicity
Examples from the Web for infection
Contemporary Examples of infection
Four weeks after the injections, all 20 of the participants had developed the antibodies needed to stave off the infection.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
Testing methods can now detect HIV within ten days of infection.The Outrageous Celibacy Requirement for Gay Blood Donors
November 22, 2014
A “simple bout of flu” is incapable of mutating into an Ebola infection.The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola
November 20, 2014
It builds up anti-bodies to fight off the infection in the blood.
“Convalescent blood transfusions and plasma transfusions may help people who are sick survive the infection,” he says.
Historical Examples of infection
Is it wise of you to expose yourself so much to the infection?Weighed and Wanting
He was vainly entreated not to expose himself to the infection.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
It was from the Gurneys he “caught the infection” of self-improvement.Self-Help
Then he caught the infection, and began to laugh, too, but without knowing why.The Law-Breakers
My brother recovered at the period when I sickened from the infection of his disease.Beaux and Belles of England
- invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms
- the resulting condition in the tissues
- an infectious disease
- the act of infecting or state of being infected
- an agent or influence that infects
- persuasion or corruption, as by ideas, perverse influences, etc
Word Origin and History for infection
late 14c., "infectious disease; contaminated condition;" from Old French infeccion "contamination, poisoning" (13c.) and directly from Late Latin infectionem (nominative infectio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin inficere (see infect). Meaning "communication of disease by agency of air or water" (distinguished from contagion, which is body-to-body communication), is from 1540s.
- Invasion by and multiplication of pathogenic microorganisms in a bodily part or tissue, which may produce subsequent tissue injury and progress to overt disease through a variety of cellular or toxic mechanisms.
- An instance of being infected.
- An agent or a contaminated substance responsible for one's becoming infected.
- The pathological state resulting from having been infected.
- An infectious disease.
- The invasion of the body of a human or an animal by a pathogen such as a bacterium, fungus, or virus. Infections can be localized, as in pharyngitis, or widespread as in sepsis, and are often accompanied by fever and an increased number of white blood cells. Individuals with immunodeficiency syndromes are predisposed to certain infections. See also infectious disease opportunistic infection.
Invasion of the body or a body part by a pathogenic organism, which multiplies and produces harmful effects on the body's tissues.