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community–acquired

adjective

Medical Definition of community–acquired

  1. 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 Association, 20 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 Landro, The Wall Street Journal, 23 Oct. 2007


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