SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective communicable by infection, as from one person to another or from one part of the body to another: infectious diseases. causing or communicating infection. tending to spread from one to another: infectious laughter. . Law capable of contaminating with illegality; exposing to seizure or forfeiture. Related forms in·fec·tious·ly, adverb in·fec·tious·ness, noun non·in·fec·tious, adjective non·in·fec·tious·ly, adverb non·in·fec·tious·ness, noun un·in·fec·tious, adjective un·in·fec·tious·ly, adverb un·in·fec·tious·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for non-infectious Historical Examples of non-infectious
Consequently, lymphangitis may be considered as infectious and
Into this laudable and
non-infectious state these two persons present come now to be joined and quarantined.
Therefore, one might well classify affections of the feet as infectious and
In the class of
non-infectious affections one may consider conditions such as laminitis, strain and fractures.
Such cases were of the
non-infectious type and recovery was possible within three or four weeks. British Dictionary definitions for non-infectious adjective (of a disease) capable of being transmitted Compare contagious (of a disease) caused by microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, or protozoa causing or transmitting infection tending or apt to spread, as from one person to another infectious mirth international law tainting or capable of tainting with illegality rendering liable to seizure or forfeiture Derived Forms infectiously, adverb infectiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-infectious adj.
"catching, having the quality of spreading from person to person," 1540s of diseases, 1610s of emotions, actions, etc.; see
infect + -ous.
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non-infectious in Medicine adj. Capable of causing infection. Caused by or capable of being transmitted by infection. Caused by a pathogenic microorganism or agent. Related forms in•fec ′tious•ness n.
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non-infectious in Science Capable of causing infection. See Note at contagious.
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