flesh-eating bacterium

noun
plural flesh-eating bacteria

Definition of flesh-eating bacterium

: a bacterium (such as a Group A streptococcus or MRSA) that causes necrotizing fasciitis Blunt trauma that doesn't tear the skin can also permit entry of flesh-eating bacteria, according to the CDC.— Susan Scutti and Jen Christensen The rise of superbugs that can survive multiple antibiotics—such as MRSA, the notorious "flesh-eating bacterium"—has turned once-trivial infections into persistent problems.— Valerie Ross … the notorious streptococcus strain known as "the flesh-eating bacterium."— Laurie Garrett

First Known Use of flesh-eating bacterium

1994, in the meaning defined above

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“Flesh-eating bacterium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flesh-eating%20bacterium. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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