bacterial canker


Definition of bacterial canker

: any of various plant diseases caused by bacteria and characterized by the formation of cankers: such as
a : a disease of stone fruits (such as plums and cherries) caused by bacteria of the genus Pseudomonas and marked by cankers on affected branches with copious exudation of gum and often severe dieback of affected areas

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circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

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“Bacterial canker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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