infection

[ in-fek-shuh n ]
/ ɪnˈfɛk ʃən /

noun

Origin of infection

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

Related forms

Can be confused

infection inflection
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British Dictionary definitions for subinfection

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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Medicine definitions for subinfection (1 of 2)

subinfection

[ sŭb′ĭn-fĕkshən ]

n.

A secondary infection occurring in a person exposed to and successfully resisting another infectious disease.

Medicine definitions for subinfection (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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Science definitions for subinfection

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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Culture definitions for subinfection

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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