streptobacillus

noun

strep·​to·​ba·​cil·​lus ˌstrep-tō-bə-ˈsi-ləs How to pronounce streptobacillus (audio)
: any of a genus (Streptobacillus) of nonmotile gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria in which the individual cells are often joined in a chain
especially : one (S. moniliformis) that is the causative agent of one form of rat-bite fever

Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of streptobacillus was in 1897

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Cite this Entry

“Streptobacillus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/streptobacillus. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

streptobacillus

noun
strep·​to·​ba·​cil·​lus -bə-ˈsil-əs How to pronounce streptobacillus (audio)
1
capitalized : a genus of facultatively anaerobic gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria (family Fusobacteriaceae) in which the individual cells are often joined in a chain
2
plural streptobacilli -ˌlī How to pronounce streptobacillus (audio) : any bacterium of the genus Streptobacillus
especially : one (as S. moniliformis) that is the causative agent of one form of rat-bite fever
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