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definition of the word quarantine

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From Latin quadraginta, forty, from the Venetian custom of keeping ships from plague-ridden countries waiting for 40 days off port



quarantine (plural quarantines)

  1. An attempt at preventing the spread of a disease by isolating those believed to be infected.
  2. An official detention of a ship at port due to suspicion that it may be carrying a contagious disease aboard.
  3. A certain place for isolating persons suspected of suffering from a contagious disease.
  4. A certain period of time during which a person is isolated to determine whether they've been infected with a contagious disease.
  5. A record system kept by port health authorities in order to monitor and prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
  6. A place where email messages or computer files which are suspected of harboring a virus are stored.

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