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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Infectious  \In*fec"tious\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  infectieux.] 
  1.  Having  qualities  that  may  infect;  communicable  or  caused 
  by  infection;  pestilential;  epidemic;  as  an  infectious 
  fever;  infectious  clothing;  infectious  air;  infectious 
  vices. 
 
  Where  the  infectious  pestilence.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Corrupting,  or  tending  to  corrupt  or  contaminate; 
  vitiating;  demoralizing. 
 
  It  [the  court]  is  necessary  for  the  polishing  of 
  manners  .  .  .  but  it  is  infectious  even  to  the  best 
  morals  to  live  always  in  it  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  (Law)  Contaminating  with  illegality;  exposing  to  seizure 
  and  forfeiture. 
 
  Contraband  articles  are  said  to  be  of  an  infectious 
  nature.  --Kent. 
 
  4.  Capable  of  being  easily  diffused  or  spread;  sympathetic; 
  readily  communicated;  as  infectious  mirth. 
 
  The  laughter  was  so  genuine  as  to  be  infectious. 
  --W.  Black. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Contagious}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Parotitis  \Par`o*ti"tis\,  n.  [NL.  See  {Parotid},  and  {-itis}.] 
  (Med.) 
  Inflammation  of  the  parotid  glands. 
 
  {Epidemic},  or  {Infectious},  {parotitis},  mumps. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  infectious 
  adj  1:  caused  by  infection  or  capable  of  causing  infection;  viruses 
  and  other  infective  agents";  "a  carrier  remains 
  infective  without  himself  showing  signs  of  the 
  disease"  [syn:  {infective}] 
  2:  easily  spread;  "fear  is  exceedlingly  infectious;  children 
  catch  it  from  their  elders"-  Bertrand  Russell  [ant:  {noninfectious}] 




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