Definition of Contagion

1. Noun. Any disease easily transmitted by contact.

2. Noun. An incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted.
Exact synonyms: Infection, Transmission
Generic synonyms: Incident
Derivative terms: Contagious, Infect, Transmit

3. Noun. The communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people. "The infection of his enthusiasm for poetry"
Exact synonyms: Infection
Generic synonyms: Communication
Derivative terms: Contagious, Infect, Infectious

Definition of Contagion

1. n. The transmission of a disease from one person to another, by direct or indirect contact.

Definition of Contagion

1. Noun. A disease spread by contact ¹

2. Noun. The spread or transmission of such a disease ¹

3. Noun. The spread of anything harmful, as if it were such a disease ¹

4. Noun. (finance) A situation in which small shocks, which initially affect only a few financial institutions or a particular region of an economy, spread to the rest of financial sectors and other countries whose economies were previously healthy. ¹

5. Noun. (finance) A resulting recession or crisis developed in such manner. ¹

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Definition of Contagion

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Medical Definition of Contagion

1. Synonym: contagium. 2. Transmission of infection by direct contact, droplet spread, or contaminated fomites. The term originated long before development of modern ideas of infectious disease and has since lost much of its significance, being included under the more inclusive term "communicable disease." 3. Production via suggestion or imitation of a neurosis or psychosis in several or more members of a group. Origin: L. Contagio; fr. Contingo, to touch closely (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Contagion

contagion (current term)
contagious abortion
contagious agalactia
contagious bovine pleuropneumonia
contagious bovine pyelonephritis
contagious caprine pleuropneumonia
contagious disease
contagious distribution
contagious ecthyma
contagious ecthyma virus of sheep

Literary usage of Contagion

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1897)
"The word contagion is derived from the Latin word contingere, which means to be in ... A distinction between contagion and infection is sometimes adopted, ..."

2. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1897)
"Thomas' Medical Dictionary gives the definition of contagion as " the communication of a disease by contact or by inhaling the effluvia from one already ..."

3. Annual Report by Ohio State Board of Agriculture (1860)
"contagion gives a definite idea to the mind, while many other terms yield only a vague impression as to their meaning, and the idea of contagion induced the ..."

4. Transactions by Epidemiological Society of London, Zoological Society of London (1863)
"THE term "contagion" is used to designate the property of a disease being ... The simplest kind of contagion is that where a disease is communicable in one ..."

5. Report of the Annual Meeting (1835)
"Report on the State of our Knowledge of the Laws of contagion. By WILLIAM HENRY, MD, FRS, Sfc., late Physician to the Manchester ..."

6. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1862)
"The third chapter of this book treats of crowding, infection, contagion ami nautical epidemics. Salubrity of a space is in a measure proportional to the ..."

7. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1895)
"Dr. Aubry shows by examples that murder is contagious, and that this contagion is spread by the habits of families, by the living together of prisoners, ..."

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