legionella

noun

le·​gion·​el·​la ˌlē-jə-ˈnel-ə How to pronounce legionella (audio)
1
capitalized : a genus of gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria (family Legionellaceae) that includes the causative agent (L. pneumophila) of Legionnaires' disease
2
plural legionellae
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also legionellas : a bacterium of the genus Legionella

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“Legionella.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/legionella. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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