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  • Microbial Superinvasion
  • Microbial Superinvasions
  • Superinvasion, Microbial
  • Superinvasions, Microbial


  • opportunistic infect; IM; coord with specific infect (IM)

Scope note

  • A frequent complication of drug therapy for microbial infection. It may result from opportunistic colonization following immunosuppression by the primary pathogen and can be influenced by the time interval between infections, microbial physiology, or host resistance. Experimental challenge and in vitro models are sometimes used in virulence and infectivity studies.

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  • 1989

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