|1.||to cause infection in; contaminate (an organism, wound, etc) with pathogenic microorganisms|
|2.||(also intr) to affect or become affected with a communicable disease|
|3.||to taint, pollute, or contaminate|
|4.||to affect, esp adversely, as if by contagion|
|5.||computing to affect with a computer virus|
|6.||chiefly international law to taint with crime or illegality; expose to penalty or subject to forfeiture|
|7.||archaic contaminated or polluted with or as if with a disease; infected|
|[C14: from Latin inficere to dip into, stain, from facere to make]|
infect in·fect (ĭn-fěkt')
v. in·fect·ed, in·fect·ing, in·fects
To contaminate with a pathogenic microorganism or agent.
To communicate a pathogen or disease to another organism.
To invade and produce infection in an organ or body part.