infection

[ in-fek-shuh n ]
/ ɪnˈfɛk ʃən /

noun

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Origin of infection

1350–1400; Middle English infeccio(u)n < Late Latin infectiōn- (stem of infectiō). See infect, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM infection

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH infection

infection inflection
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Example sentences from the Web for reinfection

British Dictionary definitions for reinfection

infection
/ (ɪnˈfɛkʃən) /

noun

invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms
the resulting condition in the tissues
an infectious disease
the act of infecting or state of being infected
an agent or influence that infects
persuasion or corruption, as by ideas, perverse influences, etc
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Medical definitions for reinfection (1 of 2)

reinfection
[ rē′ĭn-fĕkshən ]

n.

A second infection that follows recovery from a previous infection by the same causative agent.

Medical definitions for reinfection (2 of 2)

infection
[ ĭn-fĕkshən ]

n.

Invasion by and multiplication of pathogenic microorganisms in a bodily part or tissue, which may produce subsequent tissue injury and progress to overt disease through a variety of cellular or toxic mechanisms.
An instance of being infected.
An agent or a contaminated substance responsible for one's becoming infected.
The pathological state resulting from having been infected.
An infectious disease.
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Scientific definitions for reinfection

infection
[ ĭn-fĕkshən ]

The invasion of the body of a human or an animal by a pathogen such as a bacterium, fungus, or virus. Infections can be localized, as in pharyngitis, or widespread as in sepsis, and are often accompanied by fever and an increased number of white blood cells. Individuals with immunodeficiency syndromes are predisposed to certain infections. See also infectious disease opportunistic infection.
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Cultural definitions for reinfection

infection

Invasion of the body or a body part by a pathogenic organism, which multiplies and produces harmful effects on the body's tissues.

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