haemophilus

noun
hae·​moph·​i·​lus | \ hē-ˈmä-fə-ləs How to pronounce haemophilus (audio) \
plural haemophili\ hē-​ˈmä-​fə-​lē How to pronounce haemophili (audio) \

Definition of haemophilus

: any of a genus (Haemophilus) of nonmotile, gram-negative, rod-shaped bacteria that include several important pathogens (such as Haemophilus influenzae associated with meningitis, pneumonia, conjunctivitis, and otitis media)

Note: Haemophili are parasitic on the mucous membranes of humans and other, mainly warm-blooded animals. They prefer aerobic conditions but are also capable of living under anaerobic conditions.

— see hib

Examples of haemophilus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The reports involve different regions of the state and different diseases, including pertussis (whooping cough), influenza, haemophilus influenzae infection, Legionnaire’s disease and pneumonia caused by rhinovirus or human metapneumovirus. USA TODAY, "Titanic auction, Legos, mighty Mississippi: News from around our 50 states," 22 July 2019 The cause was haemophilus influenzae sepsis, said his wife, Rosilyn Alter. Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 27 Jan. 2018 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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1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Haemophilus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haemophilus. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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haemophilus

noun
hae·​moph·​i·​lus | \ hē-ˈmäf-ə-ləs How to pronounce haemophilus (audio) \

Medical Definition of haemophilus

1 capitalized : a genus of nonmotile, gram-negative, rod-shaped bacteria of the family Pasteurellaceae that include several important pathogens (as H. influenzae associated with meningitis, pneumonia, conjunctivitis, and otitis media and H. ducreyi of chancroid)
2 plural haemophili\ -​lē How to pronounce haemophili (audio) \ : any bacterium of the genus Haemophilus

Note: Bacteria of the genus Haemophilus are parasitic on the mucous membranes of humans and other, mainly warm-blooded animals. They prefer aerobic conditions but are also capable of living under anaerobic conditions.

— see hib

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