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secondary infection

[ sek-uhn-der-ee in-fek-shuhn ]
/ ˈsɛk ənˌdɛr i ɪnˈfɛk ʃən /
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noun Medicine/Medical, Pathology.
an infection occurring in an area of the body that already has or has recently had an infection:After recovering from the flu, she developed a secondary infection in her lungs that is being treated with antibiotics.
an infection occurring in an area of the body following trauma or severe damage:His leg was so severely burned that it quickly developed secondary infections. The gunshot did not hit a vital organ, but he died from a secondary infection in the wound.
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Origin of secondary infection

First recorded in 1800–10
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