koch's bacillus

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Koch's bacillus (kôks, kôKHs)

  1. See tubercle bacillus.

  2. A gram-negative bacterium Vibrio cholerae that produces a soluble exotoxin that may be the causative agent of Asiatic cholera in humans. Also called comma bacillus.

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