corynebacterium

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noun co·ry·ne·bac·te·ri·um \ˌkȯr-ə-(ˌ)nē-bak-ˈtir-ē-əm, kə-ˌri-nə-\

Definition of corynebacterium

  1. :  any of a genus (Corynebacterium) of usually gram-positive nonmotile bacteria that occur as irregular or branching rods and includes the causative agent of diphtheria

corynebacterial

play \ˌkȯr-ə-(ˌ)nē-bak-ˈtir-ē-əl, kə-ˌri-nə-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of corynebacterium

New Latin, from Greek korynē club


First Known Use: 1909


Medical Dictionary

corynebacterium

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noun cor·y·ne·bac·te·ri·um \-ˈtir-ē-əm\

Medical Definition of corynebacterium

  1. 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

  2. 2plural corynebacteria \-ē-ə\play :  any bacterium of the genus Corynebacterium


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