mycobacterium

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noun my·co·bac·te·ri·um \ˌmī-kō-bak-ˈtir-ē-əm\

Definition of mycobacterium

  1. :  any of a genus (Mycobacterium) of nonmotile aerobic acid-fast bacteria that include numerous saprophytes and the pathogens causing tuberculosis and leprosy

mycobacterial

play \-ē-əl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of mycobacterium

New Latin


First Known Use: 1909


Medical Dictionary

mycobacterium

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noun my·co·bac·te·ri·um \-ˈtir-ē-əm\

Medical Definition of mycobacterium

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of nonmotile acid-fast aerobic bacteria of the family Mycobacteriaceae that are usually slender and difficult to stain and that include the causative agents of tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) and leprosy (M. leprae) as well as numerous purely saprophytic forms

  2. 2plural mycobacteria \-ē-ə\play :  any bacterium of the genus Mycobacterium or a closely related genus

mycobacterial

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