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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.


Synonymscontagion


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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