- a genus of rod-shaped, aerobic bacteria, certain species of which, as M. lacunata, are parasitic and pathogenic for humans and other warm-blooded animals.
Origin of Moraxella
< New Latin (1939), after Victor Morax (1899–1935), Swiss ophthalmologist, who isolated the type species; see -ella
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- A genus of aerobic nonmotile bacteria, containing gram-negative cocci or short rods, that are parasitic on the mucous membranes of humans and other mammals; the type species, M. lacunata, causes conjunctivitis in humans.
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