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infection

Line breaks: in|fec¦tion
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈfɛkʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of infection in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The process of infecting or the state of being infected: strict hygiene will limit the risk of infection a reddening of the skin at the site of infection
More example sentences
  • This causes the skin to blister on contact, which can result in infection, sepsis, and death.
  • When possible, urinary catheters should be avoided to minimise the risk of infection.
  • It can also help to reduce the inflammation and infection associated with acne.
Synonyms
1.1 [count noun] An infectious disease: a chest infection
More example sentences
  • The rate of shedding is much lower for infections caused by herpes simplex virus type 1.
  • When they do happen, they are similar to other viral infections such as glandular fever.
  • If the virus is cleared with treatment, you are not immune to future infections with hepatitis C.
Synonyms
1.2 Computing The presence of a virus in, or its introduction into, a computer system.
Example sentences
  • We are our own worst enemies when it comes to infection with computer viruses, but lessons do seem to be being learned.
  • NTL hopes to shepherd users with virus infection to special websites to help them clean their computer.
  • Once your system is patched you should update your antivirus software and run it to detect and remove virus infection.

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin infectio(n-), from Latin inficere 'dip in, taint' (see infect).

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