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infectious

1. (of a disease) capable of being transmitted
2. (of a disease) caused by microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, or protozoa
3. causing or transmitting infection
4. International law
a. tainting or capable of tainting with illegality
b. rendering liable to seizure or forfeiture
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

infectious

[in′fek·shəs]
(medicine)
Caused by infection.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"And if he is, he is entitled to be a burden." On the phone, however, he came off as an infectiously likable guy who kept calling me "Brother." It's easy to see why he takes entitlements seriously.