quarantine: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (kwôr'un-tēn", kwor'-, kwôr"un-tēn', kwor"-), [key]
— n., v., -tined, -tin•ing.
- a strict isolation imposed to prevent the spread of disease.
- a period, originally 40 days, of detention or isolation imposed upon ships, persons, animals, or plants on arrival at a port or place, when suspected of carrying some infectious or contagious disease.
- a system of measures maintained by governmental authority at ports, frontiers, etc., for preventing the spread of disease.
- the branch of the governmental service concerned with such measures.
- a place or station at which such measures are carried out, as a special port or dock where ships are detained.
- the detention or isolation enforced.
- the place, esp. a hospital, where people are detained.
- a period of 40 days.
- social, political, or economic isolation imposed as a punishment, as in ostracizing an individual or enforcing sanctions against a foreign state.
- to put in or subject to quarantine.
- to exclude, detain, or isolate for political, social, or hygienic reasons.
- quarantine (Thesaurus)
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