bru·​cel·​la | \ brü-ˈse-lə How to pronounce brucella (audio) \
plural brucellae\ brü-​ˈse-​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce brucella (audio) \ or brucellas

Definition of brucella

: any of a genus (Brucella) of nonmotile pleomorphic bacteria that cause disease in humans and domestic animals

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Recent Examples on the Web The Health Commission of Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu province, confirmed that 3,245 people had contracted the disease brucellosis, which is often caused by contact with livestock carrying the bacteria brucella. Jessie Yeung And Eric Cheung, CNN, "Bacterial outbreak infects thousands after factory leak in China," 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of brucella

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brucella

New Latin, from Sir David Bruce

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“Brucella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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bru·​cel·​la | \ brü-ˈsel-ə How to pronounce brucella (audio) \

Medical Definition of brucella

1 capitalized : a genus of nonmotile capsulated bacteria of the family Brucellaceae that cause disease in humans and domestic animals
2 plural brucellae\ -​ˈsel-​(ˌ)ē How to pronounce brucella (audio) \ or brucellas : any bacterium of the genus Brucella

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