infective agent

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Noun1.infective agent - an agent capable of producing infection
virus - (virology) ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts; many are pathogenic; a piece of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) wrapped in a thin coat of protein
pathogen - any disease-producing agent (especially a virus or bacterium or other microorganism)
agent - an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect; "their research uncovered new disease agents"
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Professor John Collinge and his team concluded that Alzheimer's "seeds" had probably been transferred with the growth hormone along with the CJD infective agent.
Blood culture and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) modern technique may determine the infective agent.
Mr Williams said: "However, science has now shown that sheep, as a species, do not harbour this infective agent.
This virus is a very common infective agent which occurs in the horse population worldwide.
4% the infective agent was identified) the infective organism identified was a Staphylococcus in 48%, a Gram-negative in 38% and a Streptococcus in only 10%.
Surveillance should continue for this infective agent of potential relevance for numerous species, including humans.
cattle aged 20 months or less, and then only if packers remove the brains, spinal columns and nervous tissue regarded most at risk of carrying the infective agent for BSE.
They argue that there is no sound biochemical basis for believing the prion to be an infective agent which, if it enters the digestive system, can cause damage to brain or nerve tissue.
She added that in her opinion Christopher's death was 'unascertained' and that in the case of Harry she knew 'of no infective agent that causes death as rapidly as this'.
The clinical goal in treating an URTI is to prevent any further complications, especially when the infective agent is bacterial in nature; and to do no harm while alleviating symptoms and providing comfort.
Tom Hauge, chief of the DNR's wildlife division, says "If anything, [this new research] puts an exclamation point on the need to reduce the number of deer in the CWD-infected areas, so less infective agent will be deposited on the landscape.
After a coating liquid is applied on a medical device surface, solvents are allowed to evaporate, leaving a thin film consisting of the polymers with uniformly dispersed anti infective agent.