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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·ta·gion /kənˈteʤən/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 con·ta·gion /kənˈteʤən/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·ta·gion n.
 1. Med. The transmission of a disease from one person to another, by direct or indirect contact.
 Note:The term has been applied by some to the action of miasmata arising from dead animal or vegetable matter, bogs, fens, etc., but in this sense it is now abandoned.
 And will he steal out of his wholesome bed
 To dare the vile contagion of the night?   --Shak.
 2. That which serves as a medium or agency to transmit disease; a virus produced by, or exhalation proceeding from, a diseased person, and capable of reproducing the disease.
 3. The act or means of communicating any influence to the mind or heart; as, the contagion of enthusiasm. “The contagion of example.”
 When lust . . .
 Lets in defilement to the inward parts,
 The soul grows clotted by contagion.   --Milton.
 4. Venom; poison. [Obs.] “I'll touch my point with this contagion.”
 Syn: -- See Infection.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: any disease easily transmitted by contact [syn: contagious
      2: an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
         [syn: infection, transmission]
      3: the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a
         number of people; "a contagion of mirth"; "the infection
         of his enthusiasm for poetry" [syn: infection]