shigella

noun shi·gel·la \ shi-ˈge-lə \

Definition of shigella

plural shigellae play \shi-ˈge-(ˌ)lē, -(ˌ)lī\ also shigellas
1 : any of a genus (Shigella) of nonmotile enterobacteria that cause dysenteries in animals and especially humans — see enterobacterium illustration

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Origin and Etymology of shigella

New Latin, from Kiyoshi Shiga †1957 Japanese bacteriologist


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shigella

noun shi·gel·la \ shi-ˈgel-ə \

medical Definition of shigella

1 capitalized : 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
2 plural shigellae play \-ˌē\ also shigellas : any bacterium of the genus Shigella

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