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English noun: infection

1. infection (state) the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms

Broader (hypernym)health problem, ill health, unhealthiness

Narrower (hyponym)bilharzia, bilharziasis, cross infection, enterobiasis, eye infection, felon, focal infection, hordeolum, itch, lockjaw, nonsocial infection, opportunistic infection, paronychia, protozoal infection, respiratory infection, respiratory tract infection, scabies, schistosomiasis, sepsis, septic sore throat, sore, staphylococcal infection, strep throat, streptococcal sore throat, streptococcus tonsilitis, sty, stye, superinfection, suprainfection, tapeworm infection, tetanus, throat infection, toxoplasmosis, vaccina, vaccinia, variola vaccina, variola vaccine, variola vaccinia, viral infection, virus infection, whitlow

Part holonymincubation

2. infection (process) (phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound

Broader (hypernym)linguistic process

Domain categoryphonetics

3. infection (process) (medicine) the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms and their multiplication which can lead to tissue damage and disease

Broader (hypernym)pathologic process, pathological process

Narrower (hyponym)zymosis

Domain categorymedical specialty, medicine

4. infection (event) an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted

Synonymscontagion, transmission

Broader (hypernym)incident

5. infection (communication) the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people

SamplesA contagion of mirth.
The infection of his enthusiasm for poetry.


Broader (hypernym)communication

6. infection (attribute) moral corruption or contamination

SamplesAmbitious men are led astray by an infection that is almost unavoidable.

Broader (hypernym)corruption, corruptness

7. infection (attribute) (international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure

Broader (hypernym)illegality

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

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