One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Infection occurring after or on top of an earlier infection, especially following treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics.
- ‘The first step in management of a possible drug fever is to ensure that there is no superinfection or worsening of tuberculosis.’
- ‘While generally safe, prophylactic antibiotics are associated with allergic reactions, side effects, and the potential for bacterial resistance and superinfection.’
- ‘Common side effects include gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea (alleviated by taking the drug with food or water), rashes and Candida superinfection.’
- ‘The percentages of infection relapse or superinfection did not differ significantly between the two patient groups.’
- ‘Reinfection refers to elimination of the organism, followed by its return, and superinfection refers to the appearance of a new organism in the culture.’
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