Contagious vs. Infectious

By Jaxson

  • Contagious (adjective)

    Of a disease, easily transmitted to others.

    “The flu was so contagious that everybody in town got sick!”

  • Contagious (adjective)

    Of a fashion, laughter, etc., easily passed on to others.

    “Wearing jeans was a contagious fad at that time.”

  • Contagious (adjective)

    Of a person, having a disease that can be transmitted to another person by touch.

    “They were highly contagious, spreading bacteria to other people.”

  • Infectious (adjective)

    Transmitted from one person to another, usually through the air breathed.

    “Cancer is not infectious.”

    “More infectious diseases like the flu are usually less potent.”

  • Infectious (adjective)

    Able to infect others.

    “Despite feeling better, the patient is still infectious.”

  • Infectious (adjective)

    Spreading quickly from one person to another.

    “Her enthusiasm for work can be really infectious.”

  • Infectious (adjective)

    Memorable and invoking excitement or interest.

    “Pop music is more infectious than elevator music.”


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