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noun infection pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈfekʃ(ə)n/
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singularinfection
pluralinfections
  1. [uncountable] the process of becoming infected with a disease
    Breast milk can help protect babies against infection.
    There are many things you can do to reduce your risk of infection.
    1. a.
      [countable] a disease or other medical condition that is caused by bacteria or by a virus or a parasite
      Most throat infections are caused by viruses.
      The infection spread to his lungs.

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