- 1. Reinfection by microbes or parasitic organisms that have already passed through an infective cycle. 2. Self-infection by direct contagion as with pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis) eggs passed in the infectious state and transmitted by fingernails (anal-oral route). SYN: autoreinfection, self-infection.
* * *au·to·in·fec·tion -in-'fek-shən n reinfection with larvae produced by parasitic worms already in the body compare HYPERINFECTION
* * *au·to·in·fec·tion (aw″to-in-fekґshən) [auto- + infection] infection by an agent already present in the body, such as the transferral of a pathogen from one part of the body to another.
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autoinfection — [ôt΄ōin fek′shən] n. infection from a source within the organism itself, as from harmful bacteria previously present but not in contact with vulnerable areas … English World dictionary
Autoinfection — This term autoinfection refers to the ability of certain parasites, particularly helminths, to establish a life cycle within the host, eliminating the need for an intermediate stage, and secondary hosts. Organisms capable of this Strongyloides… … Wikipedia
autoinfection — autoinfekcija statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Organizmo apsikrėtimas patogeniniais mikroorganizmais arba parazitais. atitikmenys: angl. autocontagion; autoinfection vok. Autoansteckung, f; Autoinfektion, f rus. автоинфекция … Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas
autoinfection — noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1903 reinfection with larvae produced by parasitic worms already in the body … New Collegiate Dictionary
autoinfection — n. [Gr. autos, self; L. inficere, to taint] Infection of a host by microorganisms or parasites produced within or upon the body of the same individual host … Dictionary of invertebrate zoology
autoinfection — /aw toh in fek sheuhn/, n. Pathol. 1. reinfection by a pathogen that is already in the body. 2. infection caused by transfer of a pathogen from one part of the body to another. [1900 05; AUTO 1 + INFECTION] * * * … Universalium
autoinfection — noun The infection of a primary host with a parasite, particularly a helminth, in such a way that the complete life cycle of the parasite happens in a single organism, without the involvement of another host. See Also: autoinfect … Wiktionary
autoinfection — n. infection whose source is within the body … English contemporary dictionary
autoinfection — au·to·infection … English syllables
autoinfection — au•to•in•fec•tion [[t]ˌɔ toʊ ɪnˈfɛk ʃən[/t]] n. pat infection caused by a pathogen that is already in one s own body • Etymology: 1900–05 … From formal English to slang