Definition of infection in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈfɛkʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The process of infecting or the state of being infected: strict hygiene will limit the risk of infection a reddening of the skin at the site of infection
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  • This causes the skin to blister on contact, which can result in infection, sepsis, and death.
  • When possible, urinary catheters should be avoided to minimise the risk of infection.
  • It can also help to reduce the inflammation and infection associated with acne.
contamination, poison;
septicity, septicaemia, ulceration, suppuration, inflammation;
germs, bacteria, microbes
technical sepsis
1.1 [count noun] An infectious disease: a chest infection
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  • The rate of shedding is much lower for infections caused by herpes simplex virus type 1.
  • When they do happen, they are similar to other viral infections such as glandular fever.
  • If the virus is cleared with treatment, you are not immune to future infections with hepatitis C.
disease, virus, contagion;
disorder, condition, affliction, problem, complaint, illness, ailment, sickness, infirmity, indisposition
informal bug
British informal lurgy
1.2 Computing The presence of a virus in, or its introduction into, a computer system.
Example sentences
  • We are our own worst enemies when it comes to infection with computer viruses, but lessons do seem to be being learned.
  • NTL hopes to shepherd users with virus infection to special websites to help them clean their computer.
  • Once your system is patched you should update your antivirus software and run it to detect and remove virus infection.


Late Middle English: from late Latin infectio(n-), from Latin inficere 'dip in, taint' (see infect).

Words that rhyme with infection

abjection, affection, circumspection, collection, complexion, confection, connection, convection, correction, defection, deflection, dejection, detection, direction, ejection, election, genuflection, imperfection, inflection, injection, inspection, insurrection, interconnection, interjection, intersection, introspection, lection, misdirection, objection, perfection, predilection, projection, protection, refection, reflection, rejection, resurrection, retrospection, section, selection, subjection, transection, vivisection

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