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: any of a genus (Shigella) of nonmotile enterobacteria that cause dysenteries in animals and especially humans — see enterobacterium illustration
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1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1
New Latin, from Kiyoshi Shiga †1957 Japanese bacteriologist
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: a genus of nonmotile aerobic bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae that form acid but no gas on many carbohydrates and that cause dysenteries in animals and especially humans
plural shigellae\ -ˌē
: any bacterium of the genus Shigella
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