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chlamydia

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noun chla·myd·ia \klə-ˈmi-dē-ə\

Definition of chlamydia

plural chla·myd·i·aeplay \-dē-ˌē\

  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

chla·myd·i·al play \-dē-əl\ adjective


Origin of chlamydia

New Latin, from Greek chlamyd-, chlamys


First Known Use: 1966

Rhymes with chlamydia


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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 chla·myd·i·ae \-ē-ˌē, -ˌī\play also chla·myd·ias a:  a bacterium of the genus Chlamydiab:  an infection or disease caused by chlamydiae

  3. chla·myd·ial \-ē-əl\play adjective




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