1. Reinfection by microbes or parasitic organisms that have already passed through an infective cycle. 2. Self-infection by direct contagion as with pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis) eggs passed in the infectious state and transmitted by fingernails (anal-oral route). SYN: autoreinfection, self-infection.

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au·to·in·fec·tion -in-'fek-shən n reinfection with larvae produced by parasitic worms already in the body compare HYPERINFECTION

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au·to·in·fec·tion (aw″to-in-fekґshən) [auto- + infection] infection by an agent already present in the body, such as the transferral of a pathogen from one part of the body to another.

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