What is the difference between infectious and contagious?

infectious | contagious | Synonyms |

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?

infectious

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • (pathology, of an illness) Transmitted from one person to another, usually through the air breathed.
  • Cancer is not infectious .
    More infectious diseases like the flu are usually less potent.
  • (pathology, of a person) Able to infect others.
  • Despite feeling better, the patient is still infectious .
  • (of feelings and behaviour) Spreading quickly from one person to another.
  • Her enthusiasm for work can be really infectious .
  • (informal) Memorable and invoking excitement or interest.
  • Pop music is more infectious than elevator music.

    Synonyms

    * (transmitted between persons as illness) catching, contagious * (able to infect others) contagious * (spreading quickly between persons) contagious * (memorable and exciting) catchy, contagious

    Derived terms

    * infection * toxicoinfectious

    Anagrams

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    contagious

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Of a disease, easily transmitted to others.
  • The flu was so contagious that everybody in town got sick!
  • Of a fashion, laughter, etc., easily passed on to others.
  • Wearing jeans was a contagious fad at that time.
  • Of a person, having a disease that can be transmitted to another person by touch.
  • They were highly contagious , spreading bacteria to other people.

    Synonyms

    * (of a disease) catching, infectious * infectious

    Antonyms

    * non-contagious

    Derived terms

    * contagiousness * contagion