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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

infectious

[in′fek·shəs]
(medicine)
Caused by infection.
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The lack of a cure and the long duration of infectiousness are the main characteristics that distinguish HIV from most other STDs.
Transmission probabilities at existing levels of overcrowding, the recommended minimum South African and international recommended occupancy are shown across a spectrum of time periods of infectiousness of source cases ([DELTA]) from 1 to 180 days in Fig.
125) These same medical advancements may contribute to lowering the infectiousness of individuals who are HIV positive, making the virus more difficult to transmit.
MS sexual transmission of HIV: infectiousness and prevention.
These efforts are doomed to fail given the infectiousness of the virus and the volume of illegal crossings that occur at most borders.
Antiviral therapy, although not as effective as vaccination, can be used for prophylaxis, alleviation of symptoms, and reduction of infectiousness.
Because of the high infectiousness of SARS-CoV, a biosafety P3/P4 level laboratory is required whenever performing any experiment using live SARS-CoV to prevent unpredictable outbreaks of SARS.
That another 20 years has elapsed without another hit has done nothing to diminish the power or the infectiousness of Bonds' music: Previewing material from an upcoming new CD - titled, appropriately enough, ``Back in 20'' - his showstopper was, of all things, a searing rendition of his old friend Otis Redding's ``I've Got Dreams to Remember.
They need to be respected and inspired, because when that happens the tenacity of ordinary people's optimism and the infectiousness of their enthusiasm are a mighty thing.
Primary human immunodeficienty virus (HIV) infection is a period of extreme infectiousness.
In this expression, each term has a [beta] factor that represents the transmission potential of the pathogen and a factor that represents the average duration of infectiousness.