Medical Dictionary

elementary body

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noun el·e·men·ta·ry body \ˌel-ə-ˌment-ə-rē-, -ˌmen-trē-\

Medical Definition of elementary body

  1. :  an infectious particle of any of several microorganisms; especially :  a chlamydial cell of an extracellular infectious form that attaches to receptors on the membrane of the host cell and is taken up by endocytosis—compare reticulate body


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