1. an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted

    Synonyms : contagion, transmission
    Type Of : incident
  2. the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people

    Synonyms : contagion
    Type Of : communication
    Examples :
    • the infection of his enthusiasm for poetry
  3. (international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure

    Type Of : illegality
  4. (medicine) the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms and their multiplication which can lead to tissue damage and disease

    Type Of : pathologic process, pathological process
  5. moral corruption or contamination

    Type Of : corruptness, corruption
    Examples :
    • ambitious men are led astray by an infection that is almost unavoidable
  6. (phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound

    Type Of : linguistic process
  7. the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms

    Type Of : unhealthiness, ill health, health problem