Infect vs Infection - What's the difference?

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Infection is a derived term of infect.


As a verb infect

is to bring into contact with a substance that causes illness (a pathogen).

As a adjective infect

is (obsolete) infected.

As a noun infection is

(pathology) the act or process of infecting.

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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    infection

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (pathology) The act or process of infecting.
  • An uncontrolled growth of harmful microorganisms in a host.
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    Derived terms

    * spurious infection