Autoinfection



reinfection by a pathogen that is already in the body.
caused by transfer of a pathogen from one part of the body to another.
noun
infection by a pathogenic agent already within the body or infection transferred from one part of the body to another

autoinfection au·to·in·fec·tion (ô’tō-ĭn-fěk’shən)
n.

Reinfection by microbes or parasitic organisms that are present on or within the body.

Self-infection by direct contact with a contagious agent, as with parasite eggs in the infectious state transmitted by fingernails. Also called autoreinfection.

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