Definition of Infective

1. Adjective. Able to cause disease. "Pathogenic bacteria"

Exact synonyms: Morbific, Pathogenic
Similar to: Unhealthful
Derivative terms: Infect, Infect, Pathogen



2. Adjective. Caused by infection or capable of causing infection. "A carrier remains infective without himself showing signs of the disease"
Exact synonyms: Infectious
Similar to: Infected, Septic
Derivative terms: Infection, Infect, Infect

Definition of Infective

1. a. Infectious.

Definition of Infective

1. Adjective. Able to cause infection; infectious ¹

2. Noun. (epidemiology) A person who is capable of spreading a disease by infecting others ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Infective

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Infective

1. Capable of transmitting an infection. Synonym: infectious. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Infective

infectious ophthalmia
infectious pancreatic necrosis virus
infectious papilloma of cattle
infectious period
infectious plasmid
infectious polyneuritis
infectious porcine encephalomyelitis
infectious porcine encephalomyelitis virus
infectious serositis
infectious sinusitis of turkeys
infectious synovitis
infectious warts
infectiously
infectiousness
infective (current term)
infective agent
infective embolism
infective endocarditis
infective jaundice
infective thrombus
infectiveness
infectives
infectivities
infectivity
infector
infectors
infects
infecund
infecundity

Literary usage of Infective

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1894)
"While the outlook for cure of the more serious lesions of infective meningitis and ... In the chapter on Pathology, abscess and infective meningitis are ..."

2. An introduction to pathology and morbid anatomy by Thomas Henry Green (1884)
"infective.—Pathogenic Organisms cause inflammation by penetrating into ... They are called infective because their poisons multiply in the tissues and ..."

3. Text Book of Veterinary Medicine by James Law (1906)
"infective Gastro-Enteritis in the New Born. Vol. II, p. 138. ... Tubercle and other infective Disease of the Vertebrae. Vol. Ill, p. 174. ..."

4. The Journal of Comparative Pathology and Therapeutics (1907)
"EXPERIMENTAL ACUTE INTERSTITIAL NEPHRITIS I THE RENAL CHANGES INDUCED BY THE TOXINS OF infective SARCOMA IN DOGS. THE infective venereal tumour of the dog ..."

5. Public Health Papers and Reports by American Public Health Association (1880)
"As to all infective diseases, four questions are prominent: I. Origin ; II. ... is by infective particles, mostly received through the air-passages, which, ..."

6. A Dictionary of Medicine: Including General Pathology, General Therapeutics by Richard Quain, Frederick Thomas Roberts, John Mitchell Bruce, Samuel Treat Armstrong (1894)
"According to the locality of growth of the virus, infective disorders may be divided into three chief classes : — (a) In one, ..."

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