Zymotic disease

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(Med.) any epidemic, endemic, contagious, or sporadic affection which is produced by some morbific principle or organism acting on the system like a ferment.

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Hydrophobia, however, was still identified as a zymotic disease, spread by contact.
With the development of cities, KARLEN notes, zymotic diseases became the main killer for humans in the form of smallpox, measles, mumps, scarlet fever, syphilis and bubonic plague, all aided and abbetted by an even poorer diet.