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enterobacterium

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noun en·tero·bac·te·ri·um \ˌen-tə-rō-bak-ˈtir-ē-əm\

Definition of enterobacterium

  1. :  any of a family (Enterobacteriaceae) of gram-negative straight rod bacteria (as a salmonella, a shigella, or E. coli) that ferment glucose and include saprophytes as well as some serious plant and animal pathogens

enterobacterial

play \-ē-əl\ adjective


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Origin and Etymology of enterobacterium

New Latin


First Known Use: circa 1951


Medical Dictionary

enterobacterium

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noun en·tero·bac·te·ri·um \-bak-ˈtir-ē-əm\

Medical Definition of enterobacterium

plural

enterobacteria

\-ē-ə\
  1. :  any bacterium of the family Enterobacteriaceae

enterobacterial

\-ē-əl\play adjective



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