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n. pl. con·ta·gia (-jə)
The causative agent of a communicable disease; contagion.

[Latin contāgium, contagion, contamination, from contāgiō; see contagion.]


n, pl -gia (-dʒɪə)
(Pathology) pathol the specific virus or other direct cause of any infectious disease
[C17: from Latin, variant of contāgiō contagion]


(kənˈteɪ dʒəm, -dʒi əm)

n., pl. -gia (-dʒə, -dʒi ə)
the causative agent of a contagious or infectious disease, as a virus.
[1645–55; < Latin, =contāg- (see contagion) + -ium -ium1]
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