opportunistic infection

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opportunistic infection

n.
An infection by a microorganism or virus that normally does not cause disease but becomes pathogenic when the body's immune system is impaired, as in AIDS patients.
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Noun1.opportunistic infection - any infection caused by a microorganism that does not normally cause disease in humans; occurs in persons with abnormally functioning immune systems (as AIDS patients or transplant patients receiving immunosuppressive drugs)
infection - the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the body by pathogenic microorganisms
aspergillosis - an opportunistic infection by a fungus of the genus Aspergillus; characterized by inflammation and lesions of the ear and other organs
Translations
maladie opportuniste
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There also has been a shift in causes of death, with fewer young people dying from AIDS-related opportunistic infections and central nervous system disease and more succumbing to end-stage AIDS with multiple organ failure, or to sepsis or renal failure, Dr.
The NIAID HIV/AIDS Research Agenda and fact sheets on NIAID HIV/AIDS vaccine research, clinical trials for AIDS therapies and vaccines, and on AIDS-related opportunistic infections are available from the NIAID Office of Communications.
The heart of KR ScienceBase is a set of pre-defined Query Descriptions developed by professional searchers to locate scientific information such as announcements of new drug approvals, literature about specific chemical substances, journal articles describing the early detection of AIDS-related opportunistic infections, or patents issued to a specific company.