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fo·cal in·fec·tion

an old term that distinguishes local infections (focal) from generalized infections (sepsis).

focal infection

n.
A bacterial infection localized in a specific part of the body, such as the tonsils, that may spread to another part of the body.

fo·cal in·fec·tion

(fō'kăl in-fek'shŭn)
Local infection that can serve as a source of disseminated or metastatic infection.

fo·cal in·fec·tion

(fō'kăl in-fek'shŭn)
Local infection that can serve as a source of disseminated or metastatic infection.

focal infection,

n the site or origin of an infectious process. Endodontically treated teeth have frequently been accused of being the source of septicemias, often without justification. See also infection, focal.