elementary body

noun

el·​e·​men·​ta·​ry body ˌel-ə-ˌment-ə-rē-, -ˌmen-trē- How to pronounce elementary body (audio)
: 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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“Elementary body.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/elementary%20body. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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