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contagion

noun [U] uk   /kənˈteɪ.dʒən/ formal us  
the situation in which a disease is spread by touching someone or something: The doctor says there's no chance/danger of contagion. the situation in which feelings, ideas, or problems spread from one place to another: Brazil's stock markets were battered by contagion from the problems in other emerging markets.
Translations of “contagion”
in Chinese (Traditional) 接觸傳染…
in Chinese (Simplified) 接触传染…
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