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

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Other Words from corynebacterium

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

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Some the bacteria identified in the study include staphylococcus, corynebacterium, haemophilus and neisseria. Don Sweeney, miamiherald, "Blowing out the candles on your birthday cake? You may wish you hadn’t.," 4 Aug. 2017 Some the bacteria identified in the study include staphylococcus, corynebacterium, haemophilus and neisseria. Don Sweeney, miamiherald, "Blowing out the candles on your birthday cake? You may wish you hadn’t.," 4 Aug. 2017 Some the bacteria identified in the study include staphylococcus, corynebacterium, haemophilus and neisseria. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Blowing out the candles on your birthday cake? You may wish you hadn’t …," 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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The first known use of corynebacterium was in 1909

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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 corynebacteria (audio)\ : any bacterium of the genus Corynebacterium

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