corynebacterium

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

Definition of corynebacterium

: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

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Origin and Etymology of corynebacterium

New Latin, from Greek korynē club


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corynebacterium

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

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

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