Contagion Con*ta"gion (k[o^]n*t[=a]"j[u^]n), n. [L. contagio: cf. F. contagion. See {Contact}.] 1. (Med.) The transmission of a disease from one person to another, by direct or indirect contact. [1913 Webster]

Note: The term has been applied by some to the action of miasmata arising from dead animal or vegetable matter, bogs, fens, etc., but in this sense it is now abandoned. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]

And will he steal out of his wholesome bed To dare the vile contagion of the night? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. That which serves as a medium or agency to transmit disease; a virus produced by, or exhalation proceeding from, a diseased person, and capable of reproducing the disease. [1913 Webster]

3. The act or means of communicating any influence to the mind or heart; as, the contagion of enthusiasm. ``The contagion of example.'' --Eikon Basilike. [1913 Webster]

When lust . . . Lets in defilement to the inward parts, The soul grows clotted by contagion. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. Venom; poison. [Obs.] ``I'll touch my point with this contagion.'' --Shak.

Syn: See {Infection}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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