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Synonyms for infection

Synonyms for infection

(phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound

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

an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted

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the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people


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moral corruption or contamination

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

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Vincy, who had been keeping up a sharp fire on the enemy Infection, and was a good deal heated in consequence, started up when he heard Wrench come in, and went into the hall to let him know what he thought.
The fever had not been the result of infection, as D'Arnot had thought, but one of those that commonly attack whites in the jungles of Africa, and either kill or leave them as suddenly as D'Arnot's had left him.
The father had escaped infection, and the violence of the epidemic was beginning to wear itself out, when the daughter caught the disease.
He used it (as it seemeth) for a preservative against infection.
None of us had any faith in the incantation except Peter, and, by infection, Cecily.
That it is at least as difficult to stay a moral infection as a physical one; that such a disease will spread with the malignity and rapidity of the Plague; that the contagion, when it has once made head, will spare no pursuit or condition, but will lay hold on people in the soundest health, and become developed in the most unlikely constitutions: is a fact as firmly established by experience as that we human creatures breathe an atmosphere.
In those moments, Mr Pancks began to give out the dangerous infection with which he was laden.
Mr Pancks might, or might not, have caught the illness himself from a subject of this class; but in this category he appeared before Clennam, and the infection he threw off was all the more virulent.
Similarly, though with a subtle difference, a species of fervour or intoxication, known, without doubt, to have led some persons to brave the guillotine unnecessarily, and to die by it, was not mere boastfulness, but a wild infection of the wildly shaken public mind.
Foot passengers, jostling one another's umbrellas in a general infection of ill temper, and losing their foot-hold at street-corners, where tens of thousands of other foot passengers have been slipping and sliding since the day broke (if this day ever broke), adding new deposits to the crust upon crust of mud, sticking at those points tenaciously to the pavement, and accumulating at compound interest.
For the reasons outlined elsewhere in this issue, the diagnosis of primary HIV infection is a medical emergency.
Otitis media is an infection or inflammation of the middle ear.
Tuberculosis (TB), a chronic bacterial infection, causes more deaths worldwide than any other infectious disease.
Approved June 14, 1996 for the prevention of Mycobacterium avium complex in persons with advanced HIV infection.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), surgical site infections (SSIs) are the leading hospital-acquired infection (38 percent) and the third most common hospital-acquired infection for surgery patients.