[ in-fek-shuh n ]
/ ɪnˈfɛk ʃən /
an infecting with germs of disease, as through the medium of infected insects, air, water, or clothing.
an infecting agency or influence.
an infectious disease: Is this infection very dangerous?
the condition of suffering an infection.
corruption of another's opinions, beliefs, moral principles, etc.; moral contamination.
an influence or impulse passing from one to another and affecting feeling or action.
Grammar. (in Celtic languages) assimilation in which a vowel is influenced by a following vowel or semivowel; umlaut.
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Origin of infection
OTHER WORDS FROM infection
non·in·fec·tion, nounpost·in·fec·tion, adjectivepre·in·fec·tion, nounre·in·fec·tion, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH infectioninfection inflection
Words nearby infection
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British Dictionary definitions for subinfection
/ (ɪnˈfɛkʃən) /
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 subinfection (1 of 2)
[ sŭb′ĭn-fĕk′shən ]
A secondary infection occurring in a person exposed to and successfully resisting another infectious disease.
Medical definitions for subinfection (2 of 2)
[ ĭn-fĕk′shən ]
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 subinfection
[ ĭn-fĕk′shən ]
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 subinfection
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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