Serratia

noun
Ser·​ra·​tia | \ se-ˈrā-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce Serratia (audio) \

Medical Definition of Serratia

: a genus of aerobic saprophytic flagellated rod-shaped bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae that occur as rods, commonly produce a bright red pigment, and include one (S. marcescens) associated with some human opportunistic infections

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“Serratia.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Serratia. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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