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[soo-per-in-fek-shuh n]
noun Pathology.
  1. marked proliferation of a parasitic microorganism during antimicrobial treatment for another infection.
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Origin of superinfection

First recorded in 1920–25; super- + infection
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superinfection in Medicine


  1. The act or process of superinfecting a cell or an organism.
  2. An infection following a previous infection, especially when caused by microorganisms that have become resistant to the antibiotics used earlier.
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