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opportunistic

[op-er-too-nis-tik, -tyoo-] /ˌɒp ər tuˈnɪs tɪk, -tyu-/
adjective
1.
adhering to a policy of opportunism; practicing opportunism.
2.
Pathology.
  1. (of a microorganism) causing disease only under certain conditions, as when a person's immune system is impaired.
  2. (of a disease or infection) caused by such an organism:
    Pneumocystis pneumonia is an opportunistic disease that often strikes victims of AIDS.
Origin of opportunistic
1890-1895
1890-95; opportunist + -ic
Related forms
opportunistically, adverb
unopportunistic, adjective
Can be confused
opportune, opportunistic.
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opportunistic

/ˌɒpətjʊˈnɪstɪk/
adjective
1.
of or characterized by opportunism
2.
(med) (of an infection) caused by any microorganism that is harmless to a healthy person but debilitates a person whose immune system has been weakened by disease or drug treatment
Derived Forms
opportunistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for opportunistic
adj.

1889, see opportunist + -ic. Related: Opportunistically.

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opportunistic in Medicine

opportunistic op·por·tun·is·tic (ŏp'ər-tōō-nĭs'tĭk, -tyōō-)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to an organism capable of causing disease only in a host whose resistance is lowered.

  2. Of or relating to a disease caused by an opportunistic organism.

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