Definition of superinfection in US English:



  • Infection occurring after or on top of an earlier infection, especially following treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics.

    • ‘Common side effects include gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea (alleviated by taking the drug with food or water), rashes and Candida superinfection.’
    • ‘Reinfection refers to elimination of the organism, followed by its return, and superinfection refers to the appearance of a new organism in the culture.’
    • ‘While generally safe, prophylactic antibiotics are associated with allergic reactions, side effects, and the potential for bacterial resistance and superinfection.’
    • ‘The first step in management of a possible drug fever is to ensure that there is no superinfection or worsening of tuberculosis.’
    • ‘The percentages of infection relapse or superinfection did not differ significantly between the two patient groups.’