haemophilus

noun
hae·​moph·​i·​lus | \hē-ˈmä-fə-ləs \
plural haemophili\ hē-​ˈmä-​fə-​lē \

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 meningtis, 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

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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

noun
hae·​moph·​i·​lus | \hē-ˈmäf-ə-ləs \

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 \ : 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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