klebs-loffler bacillus

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Klebs-Löffler bacillus Klebs-Löff·ler bacillus (klěbz'lěf'lər, klāps'lɶf'lər)
n.
A gram-positive, nonmotile, rod-shaped bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae that causes diphtheria in humans and produces an exotoxin that causes tissue degeneration.

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