autoinfection

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autoinfection

[¦ȯd·ō‚in′fek·shən]
(medicine)
Reinfection by an organism existing within the body or transferred from one part of the body to another.
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The resident risks self-infection as bacteria enter the body either through a normal path or a crack in the skin.
Self-infection occurs by transferring infective eggs to the mouth with hands that have scratched the perianal area.