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infective

[ in-fek-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈfɛk tɪv /
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adjective
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Origin of infective

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

OTHER WORDS FROM infective

in·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 forms of infective

infectively, adverbinfectiveness or infectivity, noun
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Medical definitions for infective

infective
[ ĭn-fĕktĭv ]

adj.
Capable of producing infection; infectious.

Other words from infective

in•fective•ness null n.
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