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Definition of "infective" [in•fect•ive]

  • Capable of producing infection; infectious. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "infective" in a sentence
  • "This condition, called infective endocarditis, is the reason why patients with heart valve problems are advised to take antibiotics before dental procedures."
  • "Patients with congenital heart defects of the valve or those who have valvular replacements of the heart need to take a relatively high dosage of antibiotics before dental treatment to prevent occurrence of a heart disease known as infective endocarditis."
  • "Infections such as infective endocarditis can occur when bacteria from the mouth enter the bloodstream through small oral injuries that occur most often during normal brushing, flossing or eating."