Infect vs Canker - What's the difference?

infect | canker |


As verbs the difference between infect and canker

is that infect is to bring into contact with a substance that causes illness (a pathogen) while canker is to affect as a canker; to eat away; to corrode; to consume.

As a adjective infect

is (obsolete) infected.

As a noun canker is

(botany) a plant disease marked by gradual decay.

infect

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • To bring into contact with a substance that causes illness (a pathogen).
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  • To make somebody enthusiastic about one's own passion.
  • Antonyms

    * disinfect

    Derived terms

    * infection * infectible

    Adjective

    (-)
  • (obsolete) Infected.
  • * 1602 , , I. iii. 187:
  • And in the imitation of these twain, / Who, as Ulysses says, opinion crowns / With an imperial voice, many are infect .
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    canker

    English

    Noun

  • (botany) A plant disease marked by gradual decay.
  • A corroding or sloughing ulcer; especially a spreading gangrenous ulcer or collection of ulcers in or about the mouth.
  • Anything which corrodes, corrupts, or destroys.
  • * Temple
  • the cankers of envy and faction
  • A kind of wild rose; the dog rose.
  • * Shakespeare
  • To put down Richard, that sweet lovely rose, / And plant this thorn, this canker , Bolingbroke.
  • An obstinate and often incurable disease of a horse's foot, characterized by separation of the horny portion and the development of fungoid growths. Usually resulting from neglected thrush.
  • An avian disease affecting doves, poultry, parrots and birds of prey, caused by Trichomonas gallinae .
  • An obstinate and often incurable disease of a horse's foot, characterized by separation of the horny portion and the development of fungoid growths; usually resulting from neglected thrush.
  • Synonyms

    * water canker, canker of the mouth, noma * (bird disease) avian trichomoniasis, roup * (hawk disease) frounce

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To affect as a canker; to eat away; to corrode; to consume.
  • * 1849 , , In Memoriam , 26:
  • Still onward winds the dreary way; / I with it; for I long to prove / No lapse of moons can canker Love, / Whatever fickle tongues may say.
  • To infect or pollute; to corrupt.
  • To waste away, grow rusty, or be oxidized, as a mineral.
  • To be or become diseased, or as if diseased, with canker; to grow corrupt; to become venomous.
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