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verb col·o·nize \ˈkäl-ə-ˌnīz\

Medical Definition of COLONIZE

transitive verb
:  to establish a colony in or on <the parasitic roundworms…have succeeded in colonizing a great variety of hosts—W. H. Dowdeswell>
:  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


July 04, 2015
stringent Hear it
rigorous, strict, or severe
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