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quarantine

noun [U]  /ˈkwɑr·ənˌtin, ˈkwɔr-/ us  
a period of time during which a person or animal that might have a disease is kept away from other people or animals so that the disease cannot spread: The horse had to spend several months in quarantine when it reached this country.
quarantine
verb [T]  /ˈkwɑr·ənˌtin, ˈkwɔr-/ us  
He was quarantined with mumps, which is highly contagious.
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