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Definition of Quarantine

Quarantine: A period of isolation decreed to control the spread of infectious disease. Before the era of antibiotics and other medications, quarantine was one of the few available means for halting the spread of infectious diseases.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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