corynebacterium


co·ry·ne·bac·te·ri·um

noun \ˌkr-ə-(ˌ)nē-bak-ˈtir-ē-əm, kə-ˌri-nə-\

Definition of CORYNEBACTERIUM

:  any of a large genus (Corynebacterium) of usually gram-positive nonmotile bacteria that occur as irregular or branching rods and include numerous important animal and plant pathogens
co·ry·ne·bac·te·ri·al \-ē-əl\ adjective

Origin of CORYNEBACTERIUM

New Latin, from Greek korynē club
First Known Use: 1909

cor·y·ne·bac·te·ri·um

noun \-ˈtir-ē-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CORYNEBACTERIUM

1
capitalized : a large genus of usually gram-positive nonmotile bacteria that do not produce spores, occur as irregular or branching rods often banded with metachromatic granules, and include a number of important animal and plant pathogens—see diphtheria
2
plural cor·y·ne·bac·te·ria \-ē-ə\ : any bacterium of the genus Corynebacterium

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