AskDefine | Define contagious

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contagious adj
1 of or relating to communicable diseases; "by the road to the contagious hospital"
2 easily diffused or spread as from one person to another; "a contagious grin"
3 (of disease) capable of being transmitted by infection [syn: catching, communicable, contractable, transmissible, transmittable]

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  1. Of a disease, easily transmitted to others.
  2. Of a fashion, laughter, etc, easily passed on to others.
  3. Of a person, having a disease that can be transmitted to another person by touch.

Derived terms


of a disease, easily transmitted to others
  • Czech: nakažlivý
  • Finnish: tarttuva
  • French: contagieux
  • German: ansteckend
  • Greek: μεταδοτικός (metadotikós)
  • Japanese: (, densensei no)
  • Romanian: contagios
  • Russian: заразный (zaráznyj)
of a fashion, laughter, etc, easily passed on to others
capable of spreading a disease

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