infection infection  /ɪn ˈfɛk ʃən/


  1. (n) the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms
  2. (n) (phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound
  3. (n) (medicine) the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms and their multiplication which can lead to tissue damage and disease
  4. (n) an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
  5. (n) the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people
  6. (n) moral corruption or contamination
  7. (n) (international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure


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  1. Arab countries have some of the world's fastest-growing rates of HIV infection, but their governments and religious authorities have been slow to address the problem.
  2. Reusing or topping off old solution is a classic way to encourage infection.
  3. Back in the 1950s NTM infections were rare, usually occurred in male smokers and were generally curable.


  1. Source of Fungal Infection Outbreak a Mystery, CDC Says

    In the largest outbreak ever reported in the U.S. of blastomycosis, a fungal infection with flulike symptoms, 55 people in central Wisconsin became sick in 2010.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: via Yahoo! News

  2. HPV Vaccine Lowering Infection Rates Among Girls: CDC

    Title: HPV Vaccine Lowering Infection Rates Among Girls: CDC Category: Health News Created: 6/19/2013 2:36:00 PM Last Editorial Review: 6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
    on June 21, 2013     Source:

  3. Hospitals update infection control practices

    Infection control at health care facilities is a priority, as one out of every 20 hospital patients will acquire an infection during their stay.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Tahlequah Daily Press


  1. "This is the true alarm bell. This tells us that resistant strains are now circulating in the general population, spreading widely and largely silently in a growing pool of latent infection," director-general Margaret Chan said. "Obviously...
    on Mar 31, 2009 By: Margaret Chan Source: Reuters

  2. Last night Micah told The Sun: "At first I thought it was a really bad chest infection, or maybe alcohol poisoning. I felt so weak that I couldn't move or eat. My friends had to bring me drinks in bed. When I was told I had swine flu all sorts of...
    on Jul 10, 2009 By: Micah Richards Source: The Sun

  3. "The recommendations represent a significant step forward in HIV prevention," said Dr. Kevin De Cock, director of WHO's HIV/AIDS department. "Countries with high rates of heterosexual HIV infection and low rates of male circumcision now have...
    on Mar 28, 2007 By: Kevin De Cock Source: FOX News

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