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tr.v. in·fect·ed, in·fect·ing, in·fects
1. To invade and proliferate in, often resulting in disease. Used of microorganisms or other infectious agents: people who were infected with salmonella.
2. To cause the invasion of (a cell, for example) with a microorganism or other infectious agent: The researchers infected the bacteria with a virus.
3. To transmit a pathogen or disease to: The sick child infected the entire class.
4. To contaminate with a pathogenic microorganism or agent: Cholera infected the water supply.
5. Computers To become transmitted to and copied on (a hard drive, for example). Used of a virus or other harmful software.
6. To affect by transmission or be communicated to. Used of an idea, emotion, or attitude: "His fear infected me, and ... I followed as fast as I could" (W.H. Hudson).
[Middle English infecten, to afflict with disease, from Latin īnficere, īnfect-, to stain, infect (in-, in; see in-2 + facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots).]
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1. (Medicine) having a communicable disease
2. (Medicine) contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms
3. (Medicine) used to describe a place where pathogenic microorganisms are causing a disease to spread among people, animals, or plants
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|Adj.||1.||infected - containing or resulting from disease-causing organisms; "a septic sore throat"; "a septic environment"; "septic sewage"|
unhealthful - detrimental to good health; "unhealthful air pollution"; "unhealthful conditions in old apartments with peeling lead-based paint"
germy - full of germs or pathological microorganisms; "the water in New York harbor is oily and dirty and germy"
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infected[ɪnˈfektɪd] ADJ [wound, foot, blood, needle] → infectado; [person] → contagiado, infectado
to be infected → estar infectado
to become or get infected [wound, eye] → infectarse
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[place, area] → infecté(e)
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Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
infected[ɪnˈfɛktɪd] adj (wound) → infetto/a; (person) → contagiato/a
to become infected (wound) → infettarsi
infected with measles → affetto/a da morbillo
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a., pp. infectado-a; contaminado-a.
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