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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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And was it a change of heart with time over full disclosure in the setting of tuberculosis, a less "sensitive" subject matter, or perhaps the understanding that isolation from the public could reduce its contagium that later led to his adjuration for full disclosure: "No greater mistake is possible in the treatment of tuberculosis than to keep from the patient in its early stages the full knowledge of its existence" (17).
However, Lucius did not have any problems with his conscience: his pudor concerned only the public element of the copulating act; as regards the murderess, he only feared contagium, 'contagion'.