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corynebacteria

[kawr-uh-nee-bak-teer-ee-uh, kuh-rin-uh- kuh-rin-uh-] /ˌkɔr ə ni bækˈtɪər i ə, kəˈrɪn ə- kəˈrɪn ə-/
plural noun, singular corynebacterium
[kawr-uh-nee-bak-teer-ee-uh m, kuh-rin-uh-] /ˌkɔr ə ni bækˈtɪər i əm, kəˈrɪn ə-/ (Show IPA)
1.
rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Corynebacterium, many species of which are pathogenic.
Origin of corynebacteria
< New Latin (1896) < Greek korýnē club + bacteria bacteria
Related forms
corynebacterial, adjective
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