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chlamydia

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noun chla·myd·ia \klə-ˈmi-dē-ə\

Definition of chlamydia

plural

chlamydiae

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  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Chlamydia, family Chlamydiaceae) of spherical gram-negative intracellular bacteria; especially :  one (C. trachomatis) that causes or is associated with various diseases of the eye and urogenital tract including trachoma, lymphogranuloma venereum, cervicitis, and some forms of urethritis

  2. 2 :  a disease or infection caused by chlamydiae

chlamydial

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Origin and Etymology of chlamydia

New Latin, from Greek chlamyd-, chlamys


First Known Use: 1966


Medical Dictionary

chlamydia

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noun chla·myd·ia \klə-ˈmid-ē-ə\

Medical Definition of chlamydia

  1. 1 capitalized :  the type genus of the family Chlamydiaceae comprising coccoid to spherical gram-negative intracellular parasitic bacteria and including one (C. trachomatis) that causes or is associated with various diseases of the eye and genitourinary tract including trachoma, lymphogranuloma venereum, cervicitis, and some forms of nongonococcal urethritis

  2. 2plural chlamydiae \-ē-ˌē, -ˌī\play also chlamydias a:  a bacterium of the genus Chlamydiab:  an infection or disease caused by a bacterium of the genus Chlamydia

chlamydial

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