[ UK /ɪnfˈɛktɪv/ ]
[ US /ˌɪnˈfɛktɪv/ ]
  1. caused by infection or capable of causing infection
    a carrier remains infective without himself showing signs of the disease
    viruses and other infective agents
  2. able to cause disease
    pathogenic bacteria
    infective agents
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How To Use infective In A Sentence

  • So while a good frost will kill off countless millions of strongyle eggs in a pasture, it is providing the infective third-stage larvae with that most valuable of commodities - time Headlines
  • Contact dermatitis in the ear canal can result from almost any local irritant, including topical anti-infective agents and anesthetics and other topical preparations.
  • Infective conjunctivitis caused by bacteria is usually treated with antibiotic drops or ointment, in the affected eye.
  • It therefore becomes enlarged in some infective, parasitic, and blood diseases.
  • Its lifecycle begins in the spring when infective spores are forcibly ejected from reproductive structures that sprout from overwintering pods of black, hardened mycelium called "sclerotia. Boing Boing
  • Protocols for detection of a vast variety of infective agents including viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic pathogens can be found in the literature.
  • Myxozoans, in contrast, form plasmodia or hollow sacs in which infective spores are produced.
  • Causes of chronic mitral regurgitation include infective endocarditis, degenerative valvular disease (mitral valve prolapse) and rheumatic fever.
  • The infective form of schistosoma, called a cercaria, secretes proteases upon detection of human skin lipids (McKerrow & Salter, 2002). OpenWetWare - Recent changes [en]
  • The old magnifico's zest is infective and the audience is swept along with his machinations only to find itself, along with the anti-hero, hovering at the edge of criminality.
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