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the development of a bacterial infection on an individual, as demonstrated by a positive culture. The infected person may have no signs or symptoms of infection while still having the potential to infect others.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. Synonym(s): innidiation
2. The formation of compact population groups of the same type of microorganism, such as the colonies that develop when a bacterial cell begins reproducing.
3. The care of certain people, for example, patients with Hansen disease, patients with mental illness, in community groups.
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1. Synonym(s): innidiation.
2. The formation of compact population groups of the same type of microorganism, such as the colonies that develop when a bacterial cell begins reproducing.
3. The care of certain people, e.g., patients with Hansen disease, patients with mental illness, in community groups.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


The establishment of a colony of micro-organisms at a particular site, such as inside the nostrils or in the large intestine.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


the initial establishment of an organism within a particular habitat.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005


The presence of bacteria on a body surface (like on the skin, mouth, intestines or airway) without causing disease in the person.
Mentioned in: Meningococcemia
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


Formation of compact population groups of same type of microorganism.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about colonization

Q. How is colon cancer diagnosed?

A. thank you lamsophie, great answer...

Q. how successful is the treatment of removing the colon? Are there any people who have had their colons removed successfullly? What other treatment options are there and how successful are they?

A. colon removal is a treatment for various situation, usually a last resort treatment...when anything else just wouldn't or couldn't work.
it's "success" as a treatment depends on the cause. i can tell you that this is the area that absorbs B12 and bile and most of the water, so expect a shortage of that three. in the water and bile case- expect watery stool...
sorry all that doesn't seem such a nice state but when Dr. come to the point they have to do it- there must be a good enough reason.

Q. Is colon cancer hereditary? My uncle died of colon cancer and as I've been having some unexplained problems these days- of vomiting etc I'm really afraid I may have it as well. Is it hereditary? What are the first symptoms?

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Color measurement.--The surface color, before and after mold colonization of the composites, was measured with a chroma meter (HP200; Hanpu, China) according to the Commission Internationale de FEchlairage (1976) CIELAB 1976 L*a*b* color system, where L* represents the lightness coordinate and varies from 100 (white) to 0 (gray); a* (with values from +150 to--150) represents the red (+a*) to green (-a*) coordinates; and b* (with values from +150 to -150) represents the yellow (+b*) to blue (-b*) coordinates.
Importantly, while the placebo group experienced an increase in colonization with S.
Nasal colonization was found in 62% of patients, based on analysis of 43 studies including 2,476 patients.
Table 5 shows the comparison between the presence of malignancy and bacterial colonization over epidural catheter tip in our study.
% colonization = [Area colonized in [mm.sup.2]/Total area in [mm.sup.2]] x 100
Although no significant relationship was found between this factor and the rate of colonization (P=0.063), other studies indicate a remarkable difference between the two genders.
The outpatient colonization study included 974 children (Table 1; online Technical Appendix Figure 1).
Patient factors were then analyzed in order to find risk factors for colonization.
Medical records were reviewed to identify the body site that had been colonized or infected when the initial VRE-positive culture sample was obtained and whether the detection represented colonization or infection on the basis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria.
The researchers found that compared with the 27 months before, during the 36 months following a hospital's move to single-patient rooms, there was an immediate and sustained reduction in nosocomial vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) colonization (from 766 to 209 colonizations; incidence rate ratio [IRR], 0.25; 95 percent confidence interval [CI], 0.19 to 0.34) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization (from 129 to 112 colonizations; IRR, 0.57; 95 percent CI, 0.33 to 0.96) as well as VRE infection (from 55 to 14 infections; IRR, 0.30; 95 percent CI, 0.12 to 0.75).
It would have to take necessary steps with accelerated speed for the colonization of small industrial estates because industrial units should be set up on the land acquired for the purpose of trade and economic activities.