agrobacteria

[ag-roh-bak-teer-ee-uh]
plural noun, singular agrobacterium [ag-roh-bak-teer-ee-uhm] . Bacteriology.
short rod-shaped aerobic bacteria of the genus Agrobacterium, that cause plant diseases, as crown gall.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin; see agro-, bacteria

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