- to affect or contaminate (a person, organ, wound, etc.) with disease-producing germs.
- to affect with disease.
- to taint or contaminate with something that affects quality, character, or condition unfavorably: to infect the air with poison gas.
- to corrupt or affect morally: The news of the gold strike infected him with greed.
- to imbue with some pernicious belief, opinion, etc.
- to affect with a computer virus.
- to affect so as to influence feeling or action: His courage infected the others.
- Law. to taint with illegality, or expose to penalty, forfeiture, etc.
- to become infected.
- Archaic. infected.
Origin of infect
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5. damage, corrupt. 6. touch, stir, arouse.
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Examples from the Web for uninfected
The first trial will be conducted in 20 healthy, uninfected volunteers at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.Ebola Vaccine Will Do Little for Current Crisis
August 28, 2014
This is being developed for the billions of uninfected people.Why Can't We Find an AIDS Vaccine?
September 15, 2013
Nor will it work for uninfected persons who are exposed sexually.Let’s Not Rush to Call the HIV Baby Findings a ‘Cure’
March 5, 2013
The infected shellfish do not appear or taste differently than uninfected shellfish; the toxin can only be detected in a lab.Necrotizing Fasciitis, Blinding Larvae & More Scary Diseases
May 18, 2012
If they prove to be uninfected they can be processed for meat storage.The Year When Stardust Fell
Raymond F. Jones
By no means casual, it is none the less as yet uninfected by officialism.
The sullen door, Yet uninfected, on its cautious hinge Fearing to turn, abhors society.
In the interests of the uninfected parishes we trust that the Sanitary Inspector will deal faithfully with the Germs.
They are content with their country, and faithful to their chiefs, and yet uninfected with the fever of migration.A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland
- (of a person, wound, etc) not having been contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms
- to cause infection in; contaminate (an organism, wound, etc) with pathogenic microorganisms
- (also intr) to affect or become affected with a communicable disease
- to taint, pollute, or contaminate
- to affect, esp adversely, as if by contagion
- computing to affect with a computer virus
- mainly international law to taint with crime or illegality; expose to penalty or subject to forfeiture
- archaic contaminated or polluted with or as if with a disease; infected
C14: from Latin inficere to dip into, stain, from facere to make
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Word Origin and History for uninfected
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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