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"

Related terms: corruptness
4. [ noun ] the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people
Synonyms: contagion

"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
Synonyms: transmission contagion
Related terms: incident convey
Similar spelling:   infect