community-acquired

adjective
variants: or less commonly community-associated

Definition of community-acquired

of an infection
:acquired or arising in the general population :not acquired or arising in a hospital
  • community-acquired pneumonia

First Known Use of community-acquired

1969


Medical Dictionary

community-acquired

adjective

medical Definition of community-acquired

of an infection
:acquired or arising in the general population :not acquired or arising in a hospital
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common cause of community-acquired pneumonia and the second most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the United States.
  • —Jay C. Butler et al.The Journal of the American Medical Association20 Oct. 1993
  • While the CDC estimated that the majority of such infections occur in healthcare settings, nearly 14% were so-called community-acquired, meaning that they struck otherwise healthy people who weren't in a hospital.
  • —Laura LandroThe Wall Street Journal23 Oct. 2007

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