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nocardia

[noh-kahr-dee-uh] /noʊˈkɑr di ə/
noun, Bacteriology
1.
any of several filamentous or rod-shaped, aerobic bacteria of the genus Nocardia, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans and other animals.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; < Neo-Latin; after Edmond I.É. Nocard (1850-1903), French biologist; see -ia
Related forms
nocardial, adjective
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nocardia in Medicine

Nocardia No·car·di·a (nō-kär'dē-ə)
n.
A genus of aerobic, gram-positive, primarily saprophytic actinomycetes, that are transitional between bacteria and fungi and that form filaments that fragment to single nonmotile microorganisms, including some species that may be pathogenic to humans and other animals.

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