Meaning of zymotic in English:



  • Relating to or denoting contagious disease regarded as developing after infection, by a process analogous to fermentation.

    • ‘Using this information, Nightingale computed a mortality rate of 1,174 per 10,000 with 1,023 per 10,000 being from zymotic diseases.’
    • ‘Later nineteenth-century public health, in contrast, initially based on miasmatic, then zymotic theories of disease emphasized broad based environmental rather than moral reform.’
    • ‘Cholera, for example, was caused by the as yet unidentified zymotic material ‘cholerine’.’
    • ‘An important supplement to the annual report of the Registrar-General has just been issued, showing the extent to which zymotic diseases have prevailed in the last 10 years.’