Infectious vs Transmittable - What's the difference?

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Infectious is a related term of transmittable.

As adjectives the difference between infectious and transmittable

is that infectious is (pathology|of an illness) transmitted from one person to another, usually through the air breathed while transmittable is able to be transmitted.




(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.


    * (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






  • able to be transmitted
  • transmissible