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contagious

1. (of a disease) capable of being passed on by direct contact with a diseased individual or by handling clothing, etc., contaminated with the causative agent
2. (of an organism) harbouring or spreading the causative agent of a transmissible disease
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Untouched by the contagious malady himself, nevertheless he would have married her if he had had the slightest inkling of what she contemplated.
There is something contagious in the natural expression of our passions, that insensibly enlists the sympathies of the beholder--and Seymour felt a soft melancholy stealing over him as he gazed, that was but a faint reflection of the tenderness excited in the breast of Charlotte, while she listened to sounds that penetrated to her very soul.
He sank under a contagious disorder, very prevalent at that time, and vulgarly termed the jail fever.
Children, too young to comprehend wherefore this woman should be shut out from the sphere of human charities, would creep nigh enough to behold her plying her needle at the cottage-window, or standing in the doorway, or labouring in her little garden, or coming forth along the pathway that led townward, and, discerning the scarlet letter on her breast, would scamper off with a strange contagious fear.
This extremely contagious disease can infect 9 out of 10 people together in the same environment.
Anyone found spreading rumors and false information about food safety and contagious diseases could face a fine of up to NT$1 million (US$31,700), according to a proposal approved by the Legislative Yuan Friday (May 24).
A ward at Walsall Manor Hospital has been closed after an outbreak of the highly contagious norovirus.
Mwongela said he will work tirelessly to curb contagious animal diseases in Isiolo.
The national team blocker added that psoriasis is not contagious and she encouraged everyone to support those who are suffering from the same condition.
Researchers used virtual reality to examine factors that influence yawning -- focusing specifically on contagious yawning.
A "SIGNIFICANT breakthrough" in understanding the virus family which includes the highly contagious norovirus winter vomiting bug could pave the way to better treatment, researchers have said.
It's not contagious. The exact cause of the condition is not known though there's often a family history.