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infectious disease

Definition of Infectious Disease

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

Example of Infectious Disease

Infectious Disease Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: in·fec·tious dis·ease

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ɪnˈfɛkʃəs dɪˈziz/
  • British English – /ɪnˈfɛkʃəs dɪˈziːz/

Usage Notes

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

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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 November 17, 2019 (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 November 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/infectious-disease/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“infectious disease.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 17 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/infectious-disease/>.