opportunistic

adjective op·por·tu·nis·tic \ ˌä-pər-tü-ˈni-stik , -tyü- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of opportunistic

:taking advantage of opportunities as they arise: such as
a :exploiting opportunities with little regard to principle (see principle 1) or consequences
  • a politician considered opportunistic
  • an opportunistic investment
b :feeding on whatever food is available
  • opportunistic feeders
  • opportunistic bears
c :being or caused by a usually harmless microorganism that can become pathogenic when the host's resistance is impaired
  • opportunistic infections
  • opportunistic diseases

opportunistically

play \ˌä-pər-tü-ˈni-sti-k(ə-)lē, -tyü-\ adverb

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opportunistic

adjective op·por·tu·nist·ic \ -t(y)ü-ˈnis-tik \

medical Definition of opportunistic

1 :of, relating to, or being a microorganism that is usually harmless but can become pathogenic when the host's resistance to disease is impaired
2 :of, relating to, or being an infection or disease caused by an opportunistic organism
  • Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and other opportunistic infections that kill AIDS patients
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