[n] (international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure
[n] moral corruption or contamination; "ambitious men are led astray by an infection that is almost unavoidable"
[n] the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people; "a contagion of mirth"; "the infection of his enthusiasm for poetry"
[n] an incident is which an infectious disease is transmitted
[n] (medicine) the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms and their multiplication which can lead to tissue damage and disease
[n] (phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound
[n] the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms