Medical Dictionary

colonize

verb col·o·nize \ˈkäl-ə-ˌnīz\
col·o·nizedcol·o·niz·ing

Medical Definition of COLONIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to establish a colony in or on <the parasitic roundworms…have succeeded in colonizing a great variety of hosts—W. H. Dowdeswell>
2
:  to isolate in supervised groups
intransitive verb
of microorganisms :  to become established in a habitat (as a host or a wound) <these bacteria in turn colonize in other parts of the body—R. A. Runnells>
col·o·ni·za·tion \ˌkäl-ə-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
April 26, 2015
rococo Hear it
excessively ornate or intricate
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