clostridium

noun clos·trid·i·um \ klä-ˈstri-dē-əm \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of clostridium

plural clostridia play \-dē-ə\
: any of a genus (Clostridium) of spore-forming mostly anaerobic soil or intestinal bacteria — see botulinum, c. diff, gas gangrene, tetanus

clostridial

play \-dē-əl\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of clostridium

New Latin, genus name, from Greek klōstēr spindle, from klōthein to spin


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clostridium

noun clos·trid·i·um \ kläs-ˈtrid-ē-əm \

medical Definition of clostridium

1 capitalized : a genus of saprophytic rod-shaped or spindle-shaped usually gram-positive bacteria ( family Clostridiaceae) that are anaerobic or require very little free oxygen and are nearly cosmopolitan in soil, water, sewage, and animal and human intestines, that are very active biochemically comprising numerous fermenters of carbohydrates with vigorous production of acid and gas, many nitrogen-fixers, and others which rapidly putrefy proteins, and that include important pathogens — see blackleg, botulism, c. diff, gas gangrene, tetanus bacillus
2 plural clostridia play \-ē-ə\
a : any bacterium of the genus Clostridium
b : a spindle-shaped or ovoid bacterial cell; especially : one swollen at the center by an endospore

clostridial

play \-ē-əl\ adjective

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