Contagion meaning

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(psychology) The spread of a behavior pattern, attitude, or emotion from person to person or group to group through suggestion, propaganda, rumor, or imitation.
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The spreading of disease from one individual to another by direct or indirect contact.
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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.

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(finance) A situation in which small shocks, which initially affect only a few financial institutions or a particular region of an economy, spread to the rest of financial sectors and other countries whose economies were previously healthy.
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A harmful, corrupting influence.

Feared that violence on television was a contagion affecting young viewers.

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The tendency to spread, as of a doctrine, influence, or emotional state.
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Any disease thus spread; contagious disease.
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The causative agent of a communicable disease; bacteria or virus.
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Contagious quality.
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A bad influence that tends to spread; corruption.
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(psychology) The spread of a behavior pattern, attitude, or emotion from person to person or group to group through suggestion, propaganda, rumor, or imitation.
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The transmission of an infectious disease resulting from direct or indirect contact between individuals or animals.
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A disease that is transmitted in this way.
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The agent that causes a contagious disease, such as a bacterium or a virus.
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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.
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A disease spread by contact.
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The spread or transmission of such a disease.
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The spread of anything harmful, as if it were such a disease.
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(finance) A resulting recession or crisis developed in such manner.
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Origin of contagion

  • Middle English contagioun from Latin contāgiō contāgiōn- from contingere contāct- to touch contact

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English (late 14th century), from Old French, from Latin contagio (“a touching, contact, contagion”) related to contingo (“touch closely”)

    From Wiktionary