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infect

verb adulterate, befoul, besmirch, blight, canker, cause illness, contaminare, contaminate, corrupt, debase, defile, dirty, empoison, envenom, foul, harm, make ill, make impure, pervert, poison, pollute, render unclean, smirch, soil, spoil, stain, sully, taint, tarnish, transmit disease, vitiate, vitiis inficere
See also: adulterate, contaminate, foment, harm, motivate, pervert, pollute, taint

infect

in international law, to taint with crime or illegality; to expose to penalty or subject to forfeiture.
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It can't stop someone from getting the virus but it will stop viruses from entering or leaving your network and infecting the rest of the organization," noted Ositis.
After infecting a machine, the worm will try to apply the Microsoft patch to close the RPC hole.
By infecting Windows 95 applications Babylonia spreads like a normal virus by replicating through a system using a resident copy hidden in the background.
Finally, the New York team's findings suggest that the strains of HIV infecting survivors are less virulent than the strains that sicken most people.
Protein translocation into host epithelial cells by infecting enteropathogenic Escherichia coli.
The team also had access to the strain of virus infecting this patient during the acute phase of the illness.