opportunistic

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adjective op·por·tu·nis·tic \ˌä-pər-tü-ˈni-stik, -tyü-\

Definition of opportunistic

  1. :  taking advantage of opportunities as they arise: such asa :  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

1892

First Known Use of opportunistic

1892


Medical Dictionary

opportunistic

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

Medical Definition of opportunistic

  1. 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. 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—New York Times>



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