Capable of transmitting an infection. SYN: infectious (2).

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in·fec·tive in-'fek-tiv adj producing or capable of producing infection: INFECTIOUS

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in·fec·tive (in-fekґtiv) 1. capable of producing infection. 2. infectious (def. 1).

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