infect

[ in-fekt ]
/ ɪnˈfɛkt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become infected.

adjective

Archaic. infected.

Origin of infect

1350–1400; Middle English infecten < Latin infectus (past participle of inficere to immerse in dye, discolor, taint, poison), equivalent to in- in-2 + -fec-, combining form of facere to do1, make (see fact) + -tus past participle suffix

SYNONYMS FOR infect

OTHER WORDS FROM infect

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH infect

afflict infect inflictinfect infest invest
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British Dictionary definitions for reinfect (1 of 2)

reinfect
/ (ˌriːɪnˈfɛkt) /

verb (mainly tr)

to infect or contaminate again

Derived forms of reinfect

reinfection, noun

British Dictionary definitions for reinfect (2 of 2)

infect
/ (ɪnˈfɛkt) /

verb (mainly tr)

adjective

archaic contaminated or polluted with or as if with a disease; infected

Derived forms of infect

infector or infecter, noun

Word Origin for infect

C14: from Latin inficere to dip into, stain, from facere to make
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Medical definitions for reinfect

infect
[ ĭn-fĕkt ]

v.

To contaminate with a pathogenic microorganism or agent.
To communicate a pathogen or disease to another organism.
To invade and produce infection in an organ or body part.
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