[in-fil-treyt, in-fil-treyt]
verb (used with object), infiltrated, infiltrating.
to filter into or through; permeate.
to cause to pass in by filtering.
to move into (an organization, country, territory, or the like) surreptitiously and gradually, especially with hostile intent: The troops infiltrated the enemy lines.
to pass a small number of (soldiers, spies, or the like) into a territory or organization clandestinely and with hostile or subversive intent: The intelligence agency infiltrated three spies into the neighboring country.
verb (used without object), infiltrated, infiltrating.
to pass into or through a substance, place, etc., by or as by filtering.
Pathology. to penetrate tissue spaces or cells.
something that infiltrates.
Pathology. any substance penetrating tissues or cells and forming a morbid accumulation.

1750–60; in-2 + filtrate

infiltrative [in-fil-trey-tiv, in-fil-truh-] , adjective
infiltrator [in-fil-trey-ter, in-fil-trey-] , noun
reinfiltrate, verb, reinfiltrated, reinfiltrating.
uninfiltrated, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
infiltrate (ˈɪnfɪlˌtreɪt)
1.  to undergo or cause to undergo the process in which a fluid passes into the pores or interstices of a solid; permeate
2.  military to pass undetected through (an enemy-held line or position)
3.  to gain or cause to gain entrance or access surreptitiously: they infiltrated the party structure
4.  something that infiltrates
5.  pathol any substance that passes into and accumulates within cells, tissues, or organs
6.  pathol a local anaesthetic solution injected into the tissues to cause local anaesthesia
[C18: from in-² + filtrate]

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Word Origin & History

1758, of fluids, from in- "in" + filtrate. infiltration in figurative sense of "a passing into" (anything immaterial) is from 1840; Military sense of "stealthy penetration of enemy lines" dates from 1930.
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Medical Dictionary

infiltrate in·fil·trate (ĭn-fĭl'trāt', ĭn'fĭl-)
v. in·fil·trat·ed, in·fil·trat·ing, in·fil·trates

  1. To cause a liquid to permeate a substance by passing through its interstices or pores.

  2. To permeate a porous substance with a liquid or gas.

An abnormal substance that accumulates gradually in cells or body tissues.
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Example sentences
Unperturbed by native cells, immune fighters roar into action when viruses or
  other foreigners infiltrate the body.
The basic idea of the new technology is to infiltrate this coating with tiny,
  fluid-filled capsules.
As you gun down policemen and infiltrate buildings with your buddies, the only
  question on your mind will be where to shoot next.
They infiltrate online courses and secretly collect information about students
  by blending in with them.
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