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[shi-gel-uh] /ʃɪˈgɛl ə/
noun, plural shigellae
[shi-gel-ee] /ʃɪˈgɛl i/ (Show IPA),
shigellas. Bacteriology.
any of several rod-shaped aerobic bacteria of the genus Shigella, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans and other warm-blooded animals.
Origin of shigella
< New Latin (1918), after Kiyoshi Shiga (1870-1957), Japanese scientist; see -ella Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for shigella


any rod-shaped Gram-negative bacterium of the genus Shigella; some species cause dysentery
Word Origin
C20: named after K. Shiga (1870–1957), Japanese bacteriologist, who discovered it
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shigella in Medicine

Shigella Shi·gel·la (shĭ-gěl'ə)
A genus of gram-negative, aerobic, nonmotile, rod-shaped bacteria that includes some species that cause dysentery in humans.

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