co·​in·​fec·​tion | \ kō-in-ˈfek-shən How to pronounce coinfection (audio) \

Definition of coinfection

: concurrent infection of a cell or organism with two organisms

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Other Words from coinfection

coinfect \ kō-​in-​ˈfekt How to pronounce coinfect (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of coinfection in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of those who didn’t have a coinfection, 36 percent stayed in the hospital for fewer than 5 days; 39 percent stayed between 5-7 days; and 24 percent stayed longer than a week. Kate Wells, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan coronavirus hospital patients got unneeded antibiotics, new study shows," 27 Aug. 2020 One big concern is coinfection—people getting COVID-19 and flu at once, says Ian Barr, deputy director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, Australia. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "How will COVID-19 affect the coming flu season? Scientists struggle for clues," 14 Aug. 2020 Other health officials confirmed with that coinfection of the flu and COVID-19 coronavirus is possible. cleveland, "Is it possible to catch the flu and coronavirus at the same time?," 18 Mar. 2020 There’s no direct advantage, Rivers says, because coinfection of both the flu and COVID-19 doesn’t appear to be common. Molly Glick, Popular Science, "Should I shave my beard, can I get COVID-19 twice, and every other question you might have about the coronavirus," 10 Mar. 2020 The best data about coinfection come from studies of more serious viruses, such as H.I.V. and hepatitis. Richard Klasco, M.d., New York Times, "Can You Get Two Colds at Once?," 30 Mar. 2018 Wells suspects that she was exposed to hepatitis C during the same episode because coinfections were common in those days. Sandra G. Boodman,, "Medical mystery: It wasn't cancer, but it was a shock," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of coinfection

1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of coinfection was in 1974

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“Coinfection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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co·​in·​fec·​tion | \ ˌkō-in-ˈfek-shən How to pronounce coinfection (audio) \

Medical Definition of coinfection

: concurrent infection of a cell or organism with two microorganisms pneumonia caused by coinfection with an orthomyxovirus and a streptococcus

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coinfect \ -​ˈfekt How to pronounce coinfect (audio) \ transitive verb

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