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quarantine quar·an·tine (kwôr'ən-tēn')

  1. 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.

  2. A place for such detention.

  3. Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

  4. A condition of enforced isolation.

  5. A period of 40 days.

v. quar·an·tined, quar·an·tin·ing, quar·an·tines
To isolate in or as if in quarantine.
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