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propionibacterium

noun pro·pi·oni·bac·te·ri·um \ ˌprō-pē-ˌän-ə-bak-ˈtir-ē-əm \

medical Definition of propionibacterium

1 capitalized :a genus (the type of the family Propionibacteriaceae) of gram-positive nonmotile usually anaerobic bacteria that form propionic acid by fermenting lactic acid, carbohydrates, and polyalcohols and that include forms found especially on human skin and in dairy products
2 plural propionibacteria play \-ē-ə\ :any bacterium of the genus Propionibacterium

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