klebsiella

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kleb·​si·​el·​la | \ ˌkleb-zē-ˈe-lə How to pronounce klebsiella (audio) \

Definition of klebsiella

: any of a genus (Klebsiella) of nonmotile enterobacteria that includes causative agents of respiratory and urogenital infections

First Known Use of klebsiella

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for klebsiella

New Latin, from Edwin Klebs †1913 German pathologist

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“Klebsiella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/klebsiella. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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klebsiella

noun
kleb·​si·​el·​la | \ ˌkleb-zē-ˈel-ə How to pronounce klebsiella (audio) \

Medical Definition of klebsiella

1 capitalized : a genus of nonmotile gram-negative rod-shaped and frequently encapsulated bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae that include causative agents of respiratory and urinary infections — see donovan body, pneumobacillus
2 : any bacterium of the genus Klebsiella

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