communicable disease

Definitions of communicable disease
  1. noun
    a disease that can be communicated from one person to another
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    contagion, contagious disease
    any disease easily transmitted by contact
    infectious disease
    a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact
    cold, common cold
    a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs)
    flu, grippe, influenza
    an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease
    measles, morbilli, rubeola
    an acute and highly contagious viral disease marked by distinct red spots followed by a rash; occurs primarily in children
    diphtheria
    acute contagious infection caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae; marked by the formation of a false membrane in the throat and other air passages causing difficulty in breathing
    scarlatina, scarlet fever
    an acute communicable disease (usually in children) characterized by fever and a red rash
    pox
    a contagious disease characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pock marks
    Vincent's angina, Vincent's infection, trench mouth
    an acute communicable infection of the respiratory tract and mouth marked by ulceration of the mucous membrane
    AIDS, acquired immune deficiency syndrome
    a serious (often fatal) disease of the immune system transmitted through blood products especially by sexual contact or contaminated needles
    Gibraltar fever, Malta fever, Mediterranean fever, Rock fever, brucellosis, undulant fever
    infectious bacterial disease of human beings transmitted by contact with infected animals or infected meat or milk products; characterized by fever and headache
    Asiatic cholera, Indian cholera, cholera, epidemic cholera
    an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of contaminated water or food
    breakbone fever, dandy fever, dengue, dengue fever
    an infectious disease of the tropics transmitted by mosquitoes and characterized by rash and aching head and joints
    dysentery
    an infection of the intestines marked by severe diarrhea
    epidemic disease
    any infectious disease that develops and spreads rapidly to many people
    hepatitis
    inflammation of the liver caused by a virus or a toxin
    herpes
    viral diseases causing eruptions of the skin or mucous membrane
    Cupid's disease, Cupid's itch, STD, VD, Venus's curse, dose, sexually transmitted disease, social disease, venereal disease, venereal infection
    a communicable infection transmitted by sexual intercourse or genital contact
    glandular fever, infectious mononucleosis, kissing disease, mono, mononucleosis
    an acute disease characterized by fever and swollen lymph nodes and an abnormal increase of mononuclear leucocytes or monocytes in the bloodstream; not highly contagious; some believe it can be transmitted by kissing
    Hansen's disease, leprosy
    chronic granulomatous communicable disease occurring in tropical and subtropical regions; characterized by inflamed nodules beneath the skin and wasting of body parts; caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae
    listeria meningitis, listeriosis
    an infectious disease of animals and humans (especially newborn or immunosuppressed persons) caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes; in sheep and cattle the infection frequently involves the central nervous system and causes various neurological symptoms
    meningitis
    infectious disease characterized by inflammation of the meninges (the tissues that surround the brain or spinal cord) usually caused by a bacterial infection; symptoms include headache and stiff neck and fever and nausea
    epidemic parotitis, mumps
    an acute contagious viral disease characterized by fever and by swelling of the parotid glands
    paratyphoid, paratyphoid fever
    any of a variety of infectious intestinal diseases resembling typhoid fever
    acute anterior poliomyelitis, infantile paralysis, polio, poliomyelitis
    an acute viral disease marked by inflammation of nerve cells of the brain stem and spinal cord
    ratbite fever
    either of two infectious diseases transmitted to humans by the bite of a rat or mouse; characterized by fever and headache and nausea and skin eruptions
    rickettsial disease, rickettsiosis
    infectious disease caused by ticks or mites or body lice infected with rickettsial bacteria
    recurrent fever, relapsing fever
    marked by recurring high fever and transmitted by the bite of infected lice or ticks; characterized by episodes of high fever and chills and headache and muscle pain and nausea that recur every week or ten days for several months
    rheumatic fever
    a severe disease chiefly of children and characterized by painful inflammation of the joints and frequently damage to the heart valves
    miliary fever, sweating sickness
    epidemic in the 15th and 16th centuries and characterized by profuse sweating and high mortality
    T.B., TB, tuberculosis
    infection transmitted by inhalation or ingestion of tubercle bacilli and manifested in fever and small lesions (usually in the lungs but in various other parts of the body in acute stages)
    enteric fever, typhoid, typhoid fever
    serious infection marked by intestinal inflammation and ulceration; caused by Salmonella typhosa ingested with food or water
    pertussis, whooping cough
    a disease of the respiratory mucous membrane
    frambesia, framboesia, yaws
    an infectious tropical disease resembling syphilis in its early stages; marked by red skin eruptions and ulcerating lesions
    black vomit, yellow fever, yellow jack
    caused by a flavivirus transmitted by a mosquito
    head cold
    a common cold affecting the nasal passages and resulting in congestion and sneezing and headache
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    disease
    an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning
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