bacterial infection


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bacterial infection

An infection caused by bacteria.

bac·te·ri·al in·fec·tion

(bak-tēr'ē-ăl in-fek'shŭn)
Generalized term for any internal or external disorder resulting from any bacterium.

bacterial infection

Any disease caused by bacteria. Bacteria exist in a variety of relationships with the human body. They colonize body surfaces and provide benefits, e.g., by limiting the growth of pathogens and by producing vitamins for absorption (in a symbiotic relationship). Bacteria can coexist with the human body without producing harmful or beneficial effects (in a commensal relationship). Bacteria may also invade tissues, damage cells, trigger systemic inflammatory responses, and release toxins (in a pathogenic or infectious relationship).
See: bacterium for table
See also: infection

bacterial infection

localized or spreading colonization of deep or superficial tissues by bacteria
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