Contact vs Infection - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between contact and infection

is that contact is the act of touching physically; being in close association while infection is (pathology) the act or process of infecting.

As a verb contact

is to touch; to come into physical contact with.




(en noun)
  • The act of touching physically; being in close association.
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  • , title=Death on the Centre Court, chapter=1 , passage=She mixed furniture with the same fatal profligacy as she mixed drinks, and this outrageous contact between things which were intended by Nature to be kept poles apart gave her an inexpressible thrill.}}
  • The establishment of communication (with).
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  • A nodule designed to connect a device with something else.
  • Someone with whom one is in communication.
  • (label) A contact lens.
  • (label) A device designed for repetitive connections.
  • Contact juggling.
  • (mining) The plane between two adjacent bodies of dissimilar rock.
  • (Raymond)

    Derived terms

    * body contact * contact hitter * contactable * eye contact * first contact * golden contact * point of contact / POC


    (en verb)
  • To touch; to come into physical contact with.
  • The side of the car contacted the pedestrian.
  • To establish communication with something or someone
  • I am trying to contact my sister.



    (en noun)
  • (pathology) The act or process of infecting.
  • An uncontrolled growth of harmful microorganisms in a host.
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  • , page=5 (Technology Quarterly), magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic

    Derived terms

    * spurious infection