infective

[ in-fek-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈfɛk tɪv /

adjective


Nearby words

  1. infectious laryngotracheitis,
  2. infectious mononucleosis,
  3. infectious papilloma virus,
  4. infectious polyneuritis,
  5. infectious warts virus,
  6. infective embolism,
  7. infective endocarditis,
  8. infecund,
  9. infelicitous,
  10. infelicity

Origin of infective

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word infectīvus. See infect, -ive

Related formsin·fec·tive·ness, in·fec·tiv·i·ty, nounun·in·fec·tive, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for infective

infective

/ (ɪnˈfɛktɪv) /

adjective

capable of causing infection
a less common word for infectious
Derived Formsinfectively, adverbinfectiveness or infectivity, noun

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Word Origin and History for infective

infective

adj.

late 14c., from Latin infectivus, from infectus (see infect).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for infective

infective

[ ĭn-fĕktĭv ]

adj.

Capable of producing infection; infectious.
Related formsin•fective•ness null n.


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