HyperDic: infectious_agent

English > 1 sense of the expression infectious agent:
NOUNobjectinfectious agent, infective agentan agent capable of producing infection
English > infectious agent: 1 sense > noun 1, object
MeaningAn agent capable of producing infection.
Synonyminfective agent
NarrowerpathogenAny disease-producing agent (especially a virus or bacterium or other microorganism)
virus(virology) ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts
BroaderagentAn active and efficient cause

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