likely to cause infection; infectious
Origin of infectiveMiddle English infectif ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin infectivus
Capable of producing infection; infectious.
- in·fec′tive·ness, in′fec·tiv′i·ty
(comparative more infective, superlative most infective)
- (epidemiology) A person who is capable of spreading a disease by infecting others
infect + -ive