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From Old French infection, from Late Latin īnfectiō.
infection (countable and uncountable, plural infections)
- (pathology) The act or process of infecting.
- An uncontrolled growth of harmful microorganisms in a host.
- 2013 June 1, “A better waterworks”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 5 (Technology Quarterly):
- An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic […] real kidneys […] . But they are nothing like as efficient, and can cause bleeding, clotting and infection—not to mention inconvenience for patients, who typically need to be hooked up to one three times a week for hours at a time.
- A disease caused by a pathogen.
- A visible sign of such a disease, such as the suppuration of a wound.
- infect, infected, infectable, infectious disease, infection prevention and control (infection control), infective
the process of infecting
uncontrolled growth of harmful microorganisms in a host
From Old French infection, from Late Latin īnfectiōnem.
infection f (plural infections)
- → Turkish: enfeksiyon
- “infection”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
infection (plural infectiones)
infection f (oblique plural infections, nominative singular infection, nominative plural infections)
- (countable) infection.
- 1377, Bernard de Gordon, Fleur de lis de medecine (a.k.a. lilium medicine), page 172 of this essay:
- la infection va tantost par tout le corps
- the infection travels around the whole body
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