infectious disease

(noun) A disease that can be passed from one individual to another.

Example: Typhoid fever is an infectious disease and Marry Mallon, better known as Typhoid Mary, infected many people during her time as cook.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: infectious diseases
  • Also called:
    • transmissible disease
    • communicable disease

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