- The definition of contagion is an infectious disease spread through contact, or the transmission of a disease from one person to another through contact, or the spread of a bad or harmful idea or practice.
- The virus that causes a staph infection is an example of a contagion.
- The spread of a staph infection from one patient to another as a result of close contact in a hospital is an example of contagion.
- The spread of a dangerous political idea like communism from one person to another is an example of contagion.
contagion definition by Webster's New World
- the spreading of disease from one individual to another by direct or indirect contact
- any disease thus spread; contagious disease
- the causative agent of a communicable disease; bacteria or virus
- contagious quality
- the spreading of an emotion, idea, custom, etc. from person to person until many are affected: the contagion of mirth
- the emotion, idea, etc. so spread
- a bad influence that tends to spread; corruption
Origin: Middle English contagioun ; from Classical Latin contagio, a touching ; from contingere: see contact
contagion definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Disease transmission by direct or indirect contact.b. A disease that is or may be transmitted by direct or indirect contact; a contagious disease.c. The direct cause, such as a bacterium or virus, of a communicable disease.
- Psychology The spread of a behavior pattern, attitude, or emotion from person to person or group to group through suggestion, propaganda, rumor, or imitation.
- A harmful, corrupting influence: feared that violence on television was a contagion affecting young viewers.
- The tendency to spread, as of a doctrine, influence, or emotional state.
Origin: Middle English contagioun, from Latin contāgiō, contāgiōn-, from contingere, contāct-, to touch; see contact.
contagion - Investment & Finance Definition
Unanticipated negative events in one market or region that may spread to another market or region. Contagion often is a concern in emerging markets, where one country’s poor economic performance, high inflation, or lack of investor confidence may cause investors to flee nearby markets as well.Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
contagion - Medical Definition
- Disease transmission by direct or indirect contact.
- A disease that is or may be transmitted by direct or indirect contact; a contagious disease.
- The direct cause, such as a bacterium or virus, of a communicable disease.
- The spread of a behavior pattern, attitude, or emotion from person to person or group to group through suggestion, propaganda, rumor, or imitation.
contagion - Science Definition
- The transmission of an infectious disease resulting from direct or indirect contact between individuals or animals.
- A disease that is transmitted in this way.
- The agent that causes a contagious disease, such as a bacterium or a virus.