fusobacterium

fusobacterium

[fyoo-zoh-bak-teer-ee-uhm]
noun, plural fusobacteria [fyoo-zoh-bak-teer-ee-uh] .
any of several rod-shaped, anaerobic bacteria of the genus Fusobacterium, certain species of which are pathogenic in humans.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1922), equivalent to Latin fūs(us) spindle + Neo-Latin -o- -o- + bacterium bacterium

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Fusobacterium Fu·so·bac·te·ri·um (fyōō'zō-bāk-tēr'ē-əm)
n.
A genus of gram-negative, anaerobic bacteria that produce butyric acid as a major metabolic product and occur in purulent or gangrenous infections.

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