brucellae

brucella

[broo-sel-uh]
noun, plural brucellae [broo-sel-ee] , brucellas. Bacteriology.
any of several rod-shaped, aerobic bacteria of the genus Brucella, certain species of which, as B. melitensis, are pathogenic for humans and other animals.

Origin:
1920; < Neo-Latin; after D. Bruce; see -ella

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Brucella Bru·cel·la (brōō-sěl'ə)
n.
A genus of encapsulated, nonmotile bacteria containing short, rod-shaped to coccoid gram-negative cells that are parasites in and pathogens for humans.

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