Origin and Etymology of corynebacterium
New Latin, from Greek korynē club
First Known Use: 1909
Medical Definition of corynebacterium
1 capitalized : a genus of usually gram-positive, nonmotile bacteria that do not produce spores, occur as irregular or branching rods often banded with metachromatic granules, and include the causative agents of diphtheria and caseous lymphadenitis
2plural corynebacteria \-ē-ə\play : any bacterium of the genus Corynebacterium
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