infective

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

infect +‎ -ive

Adjective[edit]

infective (comparative more infective, superlative most infective)

  1. Able to cause infection; infectious

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Noun[edit]

infective (plural infectives)

  1. (epidemiology) A person who is capable of spreading a disease by infecting others
    • 2002, Belinda Barnes & Glenn Fulford, Mathematical Modeling with Case Studies[1], ISBN 0415298040, page 140:
      It is evident that the greater the number of susceptibles, then the greater the increase in the number of infectives.

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