opportunistically

opportunistic

[op-er-too-nis-tik, -tyoo-]
adjective
1.
adhering to a policy of opportunism; practicing opportunism.
2.
Pathology.
a.
(of a microorganism) causing disease only under certain conditions, as when a person's immune system is impaired.
b.
(of a disease or infection) caused by such an organism: Pneumocystis pneumonia is an opportunistic disease that often strikes victims of AIDS.

Origin:
1890–95; opportunist + -ic

opportunistically, adverb
unopportunistic, adjective

opportune, opportunistic (see synonym study at opportune).
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opportunistic (ˌɒpətjʊˈnɪstɪk)
 
adj
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
 
opportu'nistically
 
adv

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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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