Adjective "contagion" definition and examples

(Contagion may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/kənˈteɪdʒ(ə)n/

Definitions and examples

noun

The communication of disease from one person or organism to another by close contact.
  1. 'Thus encouraged, Vincent at once commenced his work with zeal and without fear, he hurried into the scenes of contagion and entered the dwellings of disease and death.'
  2. 'Recessionary risks in the US, and widespread foot-and-mouth contagion in Europe could mean further short-term weakness.'
  3. 'The problem was not physical contagion which the word disease brings to mind.'
  4. 'Secondly, trials using viral vectors occasionally present risks to the public through transmission of transgenes or contagion.'
  5. 'These products keep the birds alive, even if they have the virus, which raises the risks of contagion when they are sold or transported.'
  6. 'Despite this awful reality, there are still things states can do to at least contain the risk of contagion within their populations.'
  7. 'The scientists warned against complacency, saying that the risk of contagion can only be reduced and delayed - but not eliminated - by present measures to cull and contain, and by the end of the flu season.'
  8. 'These documents give us our first clear understanding of how the tobacco contagion works.'
  9. 'The circulating nurse calls the attending pathologist and informs him or her of the possible contagion.'
  10. 'Hugh, one of the great worries is contagion and disease that follows something like this if the water supply is not adequate.'
  11. 'through personal hygiene the spread of common contagions is discouraged'
  12. 'Drains and sewers were known in ancient Rome, and when they were employed in the nineteenth century they were highly effective in reducing contagions.'
  13. 'I heard that they spread their contagion through scratches made by their claws.'
  14. 'For scarlet fever patients were kept in hospital for six weeks and only allowed to speak to visitors through the window for fear of the contagion.'
  15. 'When dark imaginations seek images that speak to fear of contagion and plague, rats scurrying out of garbage piles and sewer holes supply a metaphor for humans.'
  16. 'To cut down on crowds possibly spreading contagion, all the ice rinks, along with most other facilities, were temporarily closed.'
  17. 'There's only one problem: the contagions we are now resistant to are not Measles, Mumps and Rubella.'
  18. 'Not everyone in a city with a smallpox contagion is going to catch it, so the overall mortality for a population center would be less than that.'
  19. 'The local daily never having printed the word, the contagion was spread almost exclusively among the hospital staff, in whom the disease lay latent for the month of July.'
  20. 'Mortality rates dropped with the control of such contagions as smallpox, but tuberculosis continued to be a major problem that retarded population growth.'
  21. 'Deforestation and other radical ecosystem alterations also promote diseases, such as malaria and cholera, as well as new strains of existing contagions.'
  22. count noun 'a political fear, a contagion that spread from city to city'
  23. 'As investors flew to safety, the contagion of fear spread, first to the other emerging markets, then to the equity markets of more developed nations.'
  24. 'This became even clearer in 1998 as the financial contagion spread throughout the emerging world.'
  25. 'Then, in 1998, came the Russian default - and with it, fear that the contagion would spread, and economy after economy would fall ill and roll over dead.'
  26. 'However, stigma is much more than fear of contagion; it is also a tool used by cultures to exclude those felt to have broken extant rules.'
  27. 'The revolutionary contagion spread and the diaspora provided, at least in the American republic, a climate in which plots against the union thrived.'
  28. 'The weeping spread like contagion to Amma and our maid.'
  29. 'The government was alarmed by two things above all - the impact of French notions of ‘self-determination’ on Britain's Low Country client states, and the contagion of ideas.'
  30. 'Shareholders were holding their heads in horror last Thursday watching the London stock market execute a 225-point freefall as the US contagion spread into the UK.'
  31. 'As the contagion of revolutionary ideas spread to Italy, every government, princely or republican, strove to repress it.'
  32. 'By the 1690s, Spinoza's ideas could be found in all the bookshops, and even polemics against him served only to spread the intellectual contagion.'

More definitions

1. the communication of disease by direct or indirect contact.

2. a disease so communicated.

3. the medium by which a contagious disease is transmitted.

4. harmful or undesirable contact or influence.

5. the ready transmission or spread as of an idea or emotion from person to person: a contagion of fear.

More examples(as adjective)

"effects can be contagion."

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a contagious disease): from Latin contagio(n-), from con- ‘together with’ + the base of tangere ‘to touch’.