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[kleb-zee-el-uh, klep-see-] /ˌklɛb ziˈɛl ə, ˌklɛp si-/
noun, Bacteriology.
any of several rod-shaped, aerobic bacteria of the genus Klebsiella, certain species of which, as K. pneumoniae, are found in the respiratory, intestinal, and genitourinary tracts of humans and animals and are sometimes pathogenic.
Origin of klebsiella
< New Latin (1885), after E. Klebs; see -ella Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for klebsiella


a Gram-negative bacteria found in the respiratory, intestinal, and urinogenital tracts of humans and animals, which can cause pneumonia and urinary infections
Word Origin
C20: after Edwin Klebs (1834–913), German bacteriologist
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klebsiella in Medicine

Klebsiella Kleb·si·el·la (klěb'zē-ěl'ə)
A genus of bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae containing nonmotile, gram-negative, frequently encapsulated rods that are arranged singly, in pairs, or in short chains and includes some human pathogens.

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