noun (plural contagia /-jə/ /-jēə/)
A substance or agent, such as a virus, by which a contagious disease is transmitted.
- Because it never matters until we're waist deep in the lukewarm contagium known as an election year.
- Dutch botanist Martinus Bijerinck called this infectious fluid contagium vivum fluidum.
- Unfortunately, the contagium - the virus - infects everyone and someone higher up orders the total destruction of this people.
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