contagious disease

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contagious disease n.
See communicable disease.

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contagious disease definition


An infectious disease that is spread through contact with infected individuals; also called a communicable disease. Contact with the bodily secretions of such individuals, or with objects that they have contaminated, can also spread this kind of disease.

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