Definition of Infectious Disease
(noun) A disease that can be passed from one individual to another.
Example of Infectious Disease
- Typhoid fever is an infectious disease and Mary Mallon, better known as Typhoid Mary, infected many people during her time as a cook.
Infectious Disease Pronunciation
Syllabification: in·fec·tious dis·ease
- American English – /in-fEk-shuhs di-zEEz/
- British English – /in-fEk-shuhs di-zEEz/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ɪnˈfɛkʃəs dɪˈziz/
- British English – /ɪnˈfɛkʃəs dɪˈziːz/
- Plural: infectious diseases
- Also called:
- transmissible disease
- communicable disease
- Medical Sociology Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “infectious” and “disease” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Dobson, Mary J. 2007. Disease: The Extraordinary Stories behind History’s Deadliest Killers. London: Quercus.
- Kerr, Anne. 2004. Genetics and Society: A Sociology of Disease. London: Routledge.
- Leavitt, Judith Walzer. 1996. Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public’s Health. Boston: Beacon Press.
- U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health – Infectious Diseases – MedlinePlus: nlm.nih.gov
- The Infectious Diseases Society of America: idsociety.org
- World Health Organization – Infectious Diseases: who.int
- acute disease
- chronic disease
- life expectancy
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Cite the Definition of Infectious Disease
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “infectious disease.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/infectious-disease/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
infectious disease. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/infectious-disease/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “infectious disease.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/infectious-disease/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“infectious disease.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/infectious-disease/>.