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shigella

noun shi·gel·la \shi-ˈge-lə\
plural shi·gel·lae\-ˈge-(ˌ)lē, -(ˌ)lī\ also shi·gellas

Definition of SHIGELLA

1
:  any of a genus (Shigella) of nonmotile rod-shaped bacteria that cause dysenteries in animals and especially humans

Origin of SHIGELLA

New Latin, from Kiyoshi Shiga †1957 Japanese bacteriologist
First Known Use: 1937

shigella

noun shi·gel·la \shi-ˈgel-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SHIGELLA

1
capitalized :  a genus of nonmotile aerobic bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae that form acid but no gas on many carbohydrates and that cause dysenteries in animals and especially humans
2
plural shi·gel·lae \-ˌē\ also shi·gellas :  any bacterium of the genus Shigella

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