|1.||[ noun ] (biology,medicine) the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms|
|Related terms:||ill_health pathologic_process schistosomiasis sore staphylococcal_infection zoonosis amebiasis sepsis suprainfection leishmaniasis tetanus trichomoniasis felon fungal_infection cross_infection herpangia streptococcal_sore_throat sty focal_infection scabies superinfection toxoplasmosis viral_infection enterobiasis paronychia protozoal_infection respiratory_infection tapeworm_infection opportunistic_infection hemorrhagic_fever zymosis vaccina incubation medicine infect|
|2.||[ noun ] (international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure|
|Related terms:||illegality law|
|3.||[ noun ] moral corruption or contamination|
"ambitious men are led astray by an infection that is almost unavoidable"
|4.||[ noun ] the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people|
"a contagion of mirth" "the infection of his enthusiasm for poetry"
|Related terms:||communication infect|
|5.||[ noun ] (phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound|
|Related terms:||linguistic_process phonetics|
|6.||[ noun ] an incident is which an infectious disease is transmitted|
|Related terms:||incident convey|