What is the difference between infectious and contagious?
Contagious is a synonym of infectious.
Infectious is a synonym of contagious.
As adjectives the difference between infectious and contagious
is that infectious
is (pathology|of an illness) transmitted from one person to another, usually through the air breathed while contagious
is of a disease, easily transmitted to others.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(pathology, of an illness) Transmitted from one person to another, usually through the air breathed.
- Cancer is not infectious .
(pathology, of a person) Able to infect others.
- More infectious diseases like the flu are usually less potent.
(of feelings and behaviour) Spreading quickly from one person to another.
- Despite feeling better, the patient is still infectious .
(informal) Memorable and invoking excitement or interest.
- Her enthusiasm for work can be really infectious .
- Pop music is more infectious than elevator music.
* (transmitted between persons as illness) catching, contagious
* (able to infect others) contagious
* (spreading quickly between persons) contagious
* (memorable and exciting) catchy, contagious
Of a disease, easily transmitted to others.
Of a fashion, laughter, etc., easily passed on to others.
- The flu was so contagious that everybody in town got sick!
Of a person, having a disease that can be transmitted to another person by touch.
- Wearing jeans was a contagious fad at that time.
- They were highly contagious , spreading bacteria to other people.
* (of a disease) catching, infectious