|1.||a period of isolation or detention, esp of persons or animals arriving from abroad, to prevent the spread of disease, usually consisting of the maximum known incubation period of the suspected disease|
|2.||the place or area where such detention is enforced|
|3.||any period or state of enforced isolation|
|4.||to isolate in or as if in quarantine|
|5.||(Austral) to withhold (a portion of a welfare payment) from a person or group of people|
|[C17: from Italian quarantina period of forty days, from quaranta forty, from Latin quadrāgintā]|
quarantine quar·an·tine (kwôr'ən-tēn')
A period of time during which a vehicle, person, or material suspected of carrying a contagious disease is detained at a port of entry under enforced isolation to prevent disease from entering a country.
A place for such detention.
Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.
A condition of enforced isolation.
A period of 40 days.
The isolation of people who either have a contagious disease or have been exposed to one, in an attempt to prevent the spread of the disease.