necrotizing fasciitis

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necrotizing fasciitis

n.
Severe, rapidly progressing infection of subcutaneous tissues by streptococci and other bacteria, marked by tissue necrosis and by pain, swelling, and heat in the affected area, usually following an injury or a surgical procedure.
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NSTI, commonly referred to as "flesh eating bacteria", represent the most severe types of infections involving soft tissues.
He said it was a flesh eating bacteria from her open wound."