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noun, plural bru·cel·lae [broo-sel-ee] /bruˈsɛl i/, bru·cel·las. Bacteriology.
  1. any of several rod-shaped, aerobic bacteria of the genus Brucella, certain species of which, as B. melitensis, are pathogenic for humans and other animals.

Origin of brucella

1920; < New Latin; after D. Bruce; see -ella
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  • The rôle of one species of cockroach and several species of flies in the dissemination of Brucella.

    The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches

    Louis M. Roth

brucella in Medicine


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  1. A genus of encapsulated, nonmotile bacteria containing short, rod-shaped to coccoid gram-negative cells that are parasites in and pathogens for humans.
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