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contagion

Pronunciation: /kənˈteɪdʒən/

Translation of contagion in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1.1 [Medicine/Medicina] contagio (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • All laws of quarantine have their origin and basis in the concept of disease transmission by contagion.
    • The confluence of invisibility, indeterminacy, and contagion understandably generates anxiety and encourages behaviour that reduces risk of exposure.
    • Secondly, trials using viral vectors occasionally present risks to the public through transmission of transgenes or contagion.
    Example sentences
    • Mortality rates dropped with the control of such contagions as smallpox, but tuberculosis continued to be a major problem that retarded population growth.
    • Not everyone in a city with a smallpox contagion is going to catch it, so the overall mortality for a population center would be less than that.
    • As a consequence, they would have come in contact with a vast array of other animals at the periphery of their habitat, which conceivably could have transferred a disease contagion to the great herds of the plains.
    1.2 [literary/literario] plaga (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • By the 1690s, Spinoza's ideas could be found in all the bookshops, and even polemics against him served only to spread the intellectual contagion.
    • The weeping spread like contagion to Amma and our maid.
    • I have fretted that some journalists might take it upon themselves to spread the vile contagion of conscience.

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