• WordNet 3.6
    • v infect contaminate with a disease or microorganism
    • v infect communicate a disease to "Your children have infected you with this head cold"
    • v infect affect in a contagious way "His laughter infects everyone who is in the same room"
    • v infect corrupt with ideas or an ideology "society was infected by racism"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A person infected with the SARS virus, has a 95-98% chance of recovery
    • a Infect Infected. Cf. Enfect.
    • Infect To affect with infectious disease; to communicate infection to; as, infected with the plague. "Them that were left alive being infected with this disease."
    • Infect To communicate to or affect with, as qualities or emotions, esp. bad qualities; to corrupt; to contaminate; to taint by the communication of anything noxious or pernicious. "Infected Ston's daughters with like heat."
    • Infect (Law) To contaminate with illegality or to expose to penalty.
    • Infect To taint with morbid matter or any pestilential or noxious substance or effluvium by which disease is produced; as, to infect a lancet; to infect an apartment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1997, Fourteen percent of the one million citizens of Nairobi, Kenya carry the AIDS virus. Some 20% of the Kenyan military is infected.
    • infect To affect as with something infused or instilled; imbue; impregnate; permeate: used especially of that which is bad or hurtful, but sometimes also of that which is good or indifferent.
    • infect Specifically To taint with disease or the seeds of disease, either physical or moral: as, to infect a person with smallpox; literature infected with immorality.
    • infect In law, to taint or contaminate with illegality, or expose to penalty, seizure, or forfeiture.
    • infect Synonyms To poison, pollute, defile.
    • infect Infected; tainted; affected unfavorably.
    • infect Contaminated with illegality; having a flaw in the title.
    • infect Marred; discolored; darkened.
    • infect In philology, to affect the quality of a sound in a following or preceding syllable: used especially in reference to the influence of prominent vowels, and phonetic changes, in the Celtic language.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 25% of Zaire is infected with a form of the Ebola virus that does not kill.
    • v.t Infect in-fekt′ to taint, especially with disease: to corrupt: to poison
    • adj Infect (Shak.) tainted
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  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect.”
  • Socrates
    “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”
  • Alexander Cockburn
    Alexander Cockburn
    “A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer is a soul open to any religious infection.”
  • Jacob Bronowski
    “No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.”
  • Wallace Stevens
    “Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. infectus, p. p. of inficere, to put or dip into, to stain, infect; pref. in-, in + facere, to make; cf. F. infecter,. See Fact


In literature:

Infection may be conveyed in a dozen ways, you know.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
By many the malady is thought to be a specific infection.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
He has contracted the infection in licentious relations before or since marriage.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
I can't have you infected.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
Any wound soiled with such dirt will be infected.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Wounds are also liable to become infected with this organism.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
They must have brought the infection with them.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
It was an interesting case, because the infection had developed so quickly.
"The Backwash of War" by Ellen N. La Motte
Gaol-fever was due to dirt; its infecting germs were distributed by loathsome insects.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
That's how my steers got it, and not from being infected by those dad sent over.
"The Boy Ranchers in Camp" by Willard F. Baker

In poetry:

And, Stranger, thou who hear'st the tale,
By soft infection taught to mourn,
Would'st wet with tears the primrose pale,
That blooms beside her sylvan urn.
"Bertram And Anna" by Thomas Gent
Shall we quarantine disease and death,
Whose subtle infections float in the air,
And grant free power to the pois'nous breath
That would strangle our Liberty fair?
"Liberty" by Jared Barhite
And my soul once more would be wrapped entire
In the pure peace and blessing of those years.
Before the fierce infection of Desire
Had ravaged all the flesh. Through starting tears
"The Need To Love" by Alan Seeger
Tho' thou'rt condemn'd thro' ancient Adam's fault
Who poison'd and infected all his race;
Believe in Christ — and thou shalt yet be brought
To heav'n, in spite of Adam's foul disgrace.
"Advice To A Sinner, To Come To Christ" by Rees Prichard
My God, Man caanot praise thy name:
Thou art all brightnesse, perfect puritie:
The sunne holds down his head for shame,
Dead with eclipses, when we speak of thee.
How shall infection
Presume on thy perfection?
"Miserie" by George Herbert
But we may yet much greater ills declare
for much impiety infects its air
The blessed Gospell courtiers can believe
A sett of fables minted to deceive
That canopys of state where monarchs reign
Are Heav'ns on earth & Heav'n a Fairy scene
"Satyr XI. The Court" by Thomas Parnell

In news:

Ah yes, for the fourth time this year I have come down with a serious sinus infection.
(AP) _ Forestry officials plan to take a closer look at a tree disease that is infecting white pines in New Hampshire.
To see how thoroughly New York's pre-9/11 culture infected the city's "recovery," look at what happened to the Liberty Bonds that the feds awarded us for rebuilding.
Feline's Pride is recalling one lot of Feline's Pride raw food with ground bone and chicken formula for cats and kittens because it may be infected with salmonella.
It took aim at bloodstream infections associated with so-called central lines, which are catheters used to deliver drugs and other liquids directly into patients' major veins.
Minimally invasive transoral catheter -assisted drainage of a danger-space infection.
Clinical and laboratory characteristics of HIV-1 infection in Zimbabwe.
Bacterial Infections of the Central Nervous System .
Parents Caught Infecting Kids With Virus.
Parents Fearful of Chicken Pox Vaccine Opt for Infected Lollipops.
Chlamydia is known as the silent disease because most people who are infected have no symptoms.
We said that public-health measures have not been adequately employed against the AIDS epidemic, and we used as proof the fact that the majority of infected Americans are unaware that they're infected.
Once you've been infected with a particular strain of a virus, you develop antibodies that make the likelihood of re- infection very low.
The suspicion that a Nepalese UN peacekeeping base on a tributary to the infected Artibonite River could have been a source of the infection fueled a protest last week during which hundreds of Haitians denounced the peacekeepers.
Certain infections can trigger chronic fatigue syndromes (CFS) in a minority of people infected, but the reason is unknown.

In science:

Crucial is proposition 3.4(i) and its proof is not infected if m > 2.
On Cebotarev sets
The household structure gives us the way to distinguish inner and the outer infection rate.
The Spread of Infectious Disease with Household-Structure on the Complex Networks
The dynamical behavior of so-called susceptibleinfected-susceptible (SIS) model and susceptible- infected- removed (SIR) model have been widely investigated on regular network and complex networks[1-12].
The Spread of Infectious Disease with Household-Structure on the Complex Networks
A healthy individual may get infected from within the household and from outside its household.
The Spread of Infectious Disease with Household-Structure on the Complex Networks
The parameters λ and β are the infection rates from outside and from within the household respectively.
The Spread of Infectious Disease with Household-Structure on the Complex Networks