nocardia

noun

no·​car·​dia nō-ˈkärd-ē-ə How to pronounce nocardia (audio)
1
capitalized : a genus of aerobic actinomycetous bacteria that form limited mycelia which tend to break up into rod-shaped cells and occasionally form spores by fragmentation but develop neither conidia nor endospores and that include various pathogens as well as some soil-dwelling saprophytes
2
: any bacterium of the genus Nocardia
nocardial adjective

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“Nocardia.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/nocardia. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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