mycobacteria

mycobacterium

[mahy-koh-bak-teer-ee-uhm]
noun, plural mycobacteria [mahy-koh-bak-teer-ee-uh] . Bacteriology.
any of several rod-shaped aerobic bacteria of the genus Mycobacterium, certain species of which, as M. tuberculosis, are pathogenic for humans and animals.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1896); see myco-, bacterium

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mycobacterium (ˌmaɪkəʊbækˈtɪərɪəm)
 
n , pl -ria
any of the rod-shaped Gram-positive bacteria of the genus Mycobacterium, some of which cause human diseases, such as tuberculosis and leprosy

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mycobacterium my·co·bac·te·ri·um (mī'kō-bāk-tēr'ē-əm)
n.
Any of various slender rod-shaped aerobic bacteria of the genus Mycobacterium, which includes the bacteria that cause tuberculosis and leprosy.

Mycobacterium n.
A genus of aerobic, nonmotile bacteria containing gram-positive rods and including both parasitic and saprophytic species.

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