Infection



[in-fek-shuh n] /ɪnˈfɛk ʃən/

noun
1.
an act or fact of ; state of being .
2.
an with germs of disease, as through the medium of insects, air, water, or clothing.
3.
an agency or influence.
4.
an disease:
Is this infection very dangerous?
5.
the condition of suffering an infection.
6.
corruption of another’s opinions, beliefs, moral principles, etc.; moral contamination.
7.
an influence or impulse passing from one to another and affecting feeling or action.
8.
Grammar. (in Celtic languages) assimilation in which a vowel is influenced by a following vowel or semivowel; umlaut.
/ɪnˈfɛkʃən/
noun
1.
invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms
2.
the resulting condition in the tissues
3.
an infectious disease
4.
the act of infecting or state of being infected
5.
an agent or influence that infects
6.
persuasion or corruption, as by ideas, perverse influences, etc
n.

late 14c., “infectious disease; contaminated condition;” from Old French infeccion “contamination, poisoning” (13c.) and directly from Late Latin infectionem (nominative infectio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin inficere (see infect). Meaning “communication of disease by agency of air or water” (distinguished from contagion, which is body-to-body communication), is from 1540s.

infection in·fec·tion (ĭn-fěk’shən)
n.

infection
(ĭn-fěk’shən)
The invasion of the body of a human or an animal by a pathogen such as a bacterium, fungus, or virus. Infections can be localized, as in pharyngitis, or widespread as in sepsis, and are often accompanied by fever and an increased number of white blood cells. Individuals with immunodeficiency syndromes are predisposed to certain infections. See also infectious disease, opportunistic infection.

Invasion of the body or a body part by a pathogenic organism, which multiplies and produces harmful effects on the body’s tissues.

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