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n.

An infection by a microorganism that normally does not cause disease but becomes pathogenic when the body's immune system is impaired and unable to fight off infection, as in AIDS and certain other diseases.

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Scientific definitions for opportunistic infection

opportunistic infection
[ ŏp′ər-tōō-nĭstĭk ]

An infection by a microorganism that normally does not cause disease but does so when lowered resistance to infection is caused by the impairment of the body's immune system.
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Cultural definitions for opportunistic infection

opportunistic infection
[ (op-uhr-tooh-nis-tik) ]

An infection caused by a microorganism that under normal conditions would not bring about disease. Opportunistic infections occur when the body's immune system is weakened by disease or malnutrition. (See AIDS.)

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