corynebacterium

noun
co·​ry·​ne·​bac·​te·​ri·​um | \ ˌkȯr-ə-(ˌ)nē-bak-ˈtir-ē-əm How to pronounce corynebacterium (audio) , 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 include the causative agent of diphtheria

Other Words from corynebacterium

corynebacterial \ ˌkȯr-​ə-​(ˌ)nē-​bak-​ˈtir-​ē-​əl How to pronounce corynebacterium (audio) , kə-​ˌri-​nə-​ \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Some the bacteria identified in the study include staphylococcus, corynebacterium, haemophilus and neisseria. Don Sweeney, miamiherald, 4 Aug. 2017 Some the bacteria identified in the study include staphylococcus, corynebacterium, haemophilus and neisseria. Don Sweeney, miamiherald, 4 Aug. 2017 Some the bacteria identified in the study include staphylococcus, corynebacterium, haemophilus and neisseria. Don Sweeney, sacbee, 30 July 2017

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First Known Use of corynebacterium

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corynebacterium

New Latin, from Greek korynē club

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“Corynebacterium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corynebacterium. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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corynebacterium

noun
cor·​y·​ne·​bac·​te·​ri·​um | \ -ˈtir-ē-əm How to pronounce corynebacterium (audio) \

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\ -​ē-​ə How to pronounce corynebacterium (audio) \ : any bacterium of the genus Corynebacterium

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