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colonize

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verb col·o·nize \ˈkäl-ə-ˌnīz\

Medical Definition of colonize

col·o·nizedcol·o·niz·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. 1:  to establish a colony in or on <the parasitic roundworms…have succeeded in colonizing a great variety of hosts—W. H. Dowdeswell>

  3. 2:  to isolate in supervised groups

  4. intransitive verb

  5. 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>

  6. col·o·ni·za·tion \ˌkäl-ə-nə-ˈzā-shən\play noun





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