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campylobacter

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noun cam·pylo·bac·ter \ˌkam-pi-lō-ˈbak-tər, kam-ˌpi-lə-\

Definition of campylobacter

  1. :  any of a genus (Campylobacter) of spirally curved motile gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria of which some are pathogenic in domestic animals and humans



Origin of campylobacter

New Latin, from Greek kampylos bent + New Latin bacterium; akin to Greek kampē bend — more at gambit


First Known Use: 1964

Rhymes with campylobacter


Medical Dictionary

campylobacter

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noun cam·py·lo·bac·ter \ˈkam-pə-lō-ˌbak-tər\

Medical Definition of campylobacter

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of slender spirally curved rod bacteria of the family Spirillaceae that are gram-negative, microaerophilic, and motile with a characteristic motion resembling a corkscrew, that do not form spores, and that include forms formerly included in the genus Spirillum or Vibrio of which some are pathogenic for domestic animals or humans—see helicobacter

  2. 2:  any bacterium of the genus Campylobacter




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