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Definition 1: moral corruption or contamination - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where infection or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • ambitious men are led astray by an infection that is almost unavoidable

(infection is a kind of ...) lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain

Definition 2: (international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure - [noun denoting attribute]

(infection is a kind of ...) unlawfulness by virtue of violating some legal statute

(infection belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 3: the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where infection or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a contagion of mirth
  • the infection of his enthusiasm for poetry

Synonyms for infection in the sense of this definition

(infection is a kind of ...) something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups

Definition 4: an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for infection in the sense of this definition

(infection is a kind of ...) a single distinct event

Definition 5: (medicine) the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms and their multiplication which can lead to tissue damage and disease - [noun denoting process]

(infection is a kind of ...) an organic process occurring as a consequence of disease

(... is a kind of infection ) (medicine) the development and spread of an infectious disease (especially one caused by a fungus)

(infection belongs to category ...) the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques

Definition 6: (phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound - [noun denoting process]

(infection is a kind of ...) a process involved in human language

(infection belongs to category ...) the branch of acoustics concerned with speech processes including its production and perception and acoustic analysis

Definition 7: the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms - [noun denoting state]

(infection is a kind of ...) a state in which you are unable to function normally and without pain

(... is a kind of infection ) an infection with staphylococcus bacteria; usually marked by abscess formation

(... is a kind of infection ) an infection of the oral pharynx and tonsils by streptococcus

(... is a kind of infection ) an infection of the sebaceous gland of the eyelid

(... is a kind of infection ) infection that occurs while you are being treated for another infection

(... is a kind of infection ) secondary infection caused by an opportunistic infection

(... is a kind of infection ) intestinal infection by a species of parasitic tapeworm; usually the result of eating inadequately cooked meat or fish

(... is a kind of infection ) an acute and serious infection of the central nervous system caused by bacterial infection of open wounds; spasms of the jaw and laryngeal muscles may occur during the late stages

(... is a kind of infection ) infection caused by parasites transmitted to humans from infected cats; if contracted by a pregnant woman it can result in serious damage to the fetus

(... is a kind of infection ) infection by a virus that is pathogenic to humans

(... is a kind of infection ) a local infection induced in humans by inoculation with the virus causing cowpox in order to confer resistance to smallpox; normally lasts three weeks and leaves a pitted scar

(... is a kind of infection ) an open skin infection

(... is a kind of infection ) the presence of pus-forming bacteria or their toxins in the blood or tissues

(... is a kind of infection ) an infestation with or a resulting infection caused by the pinworm Enterobius vermicularis; occurs especially in children

(... is a kind of infection ) a purulent infection at the end of a finger or toe in the area surrounding the nail

(... is a kind of infection ) bacterial infection limited to a specific organ or region especially one causing symptoms elsewhere

(... is a kind of infection ) an infection that is acquired at a hospital or other healthcare facility

(... is a kind of infection ) any infection caused by a microorganism that does not normally cause disease in humans; occurs in persons with abnormally functioning immune systems (as AIDS patients or transplant patients receiving immunosuppressive drugs)

(... is a kind of infection ) infection in the tissues adjacent to a nail on a finger or toe

(... is a kind of infection ) any infection caused by a protozoan

(... is a kind of infection ) any infection of the respiratory tract

(... is a kind of infection ) a contagious skin infection caused by the itch mite; characterized by persistent itching and skin irritation

"he has a bad case of the itch"

(... is a kind of infection ) an infestation with or a resulting infection caused by a parasite of the genus Schistosoma; common in the tropics and Far East; symptoms depend on the part of the body infected

(infection is a part of ...) (pathology) the phase in the development of an infection between the time a pathogen enters the body and the time the first symptoms appear

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