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opportunistic_infection
  • n  any infection caused by a microorganism that does not normally cause disease in humans; occurs in persons with abnormally functioning immune systems (as AIDS patients or transplant patients receiving immunosuppressive drugs)
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opportunity
  • n  a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances
    the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington
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opposite_number
  • n  a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another
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opposite_word
  • n  a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other
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opposition
  • n  the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with
    despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead
  • n  the relation between opposed entities
  • n  the act of hostile groups opposing each other
    the invaders encountered stiff opposition
  • n  a contestant that you are matched against
  • n  a body of people united in opposing something
  • n  a direction opposite to another
  • n  an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)
  • n  the major political party opposed to the party in office and prepared to replace it if elected
    Her Majesty's loyal opposition
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oppression
  • n  the act of subjugating by cruelty
    the tyrant's oppression of the people
  • n  the state of being kept down by unjust use of force or authority: "after years of oppression they finally revolted"
  • n  a feeling of being oppressed
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oppressiveness
  • n  a feeling of being oppressed
  • n  unwelcome burdensome difficulty
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oppressor
  • n  a person of authority who subjects others to undue pressures
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opprobrium
  • n  state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
  • n  a state of extreme dishonor
    the name was a by-word of scorn and opprobrium throughout the city
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ops
  • n  (Roman mythology) goddess of abundance and fertility; wife of Saturn; counterpart of Greek Rhea and Cybele of ancient Asia Minor
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opsanus_tau
  • n  bottom-dwelling fish having scaleless slimy skin and a broad thick head with a wide mouth
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opsin
  • n  retinal protein formed by the action of light on rhodopsin
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opsonin
  • n  an antibody in blood serum that attaches to invading microorganisms and other antigens to make them more susceptible to the action of phagocytes
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opsonisation
  • n  process whereby opsonins make an invading microorganism more susceptible to phagocytosis
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opsonization
  • n  process whereby opsonins make an invading microorganism more susceptible to phagocytosis
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optative_mood
  • n  a mood (as in Greek or Sanskrit) that expresses a wish or hope; expressed in English by modal verbs
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