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clostridium

[ klo-strid-ee-uhm ]
/ klɒˈstrɪd i əm /
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noun, plural clos·trid·i·a [klo-strid-ee-uh]. /klɒˈstrɪd i ə/. Bacteriology.
any of several rod-shaped, spore-forming, anaerobic bacteria of the genus Clostridium, found in soil and in the intestinal tract of humans and animals.
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Origin of clostridium

1880–85; <New Latin <Greek klōstr-, variant stem of klōstḗr spindle (klōs-, variant stem of klṓthein (see Clotho) + -tēr agent suffix) + New Latin -idium-idium

OTHER WORDS FROM clostridium

clos·trid·i·al, clos·trid·i·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for clostridium

clostridium
/ (klɒˈstrɪdɪəm) /

noun plural -iums or -ia (-ɪə)
any anaerobic typically rod-shaped bacterium of the genus Clostridium, occurring mainly in soil, but also in the intestines of humans and animals: family Bacillaceae . The genus includes the species causing botulism and tetanus

Derived forms of clostridium

clostridial or clostridian, adjective

Word Origin for clostridium

C20: from New Latin, literally: small spindle, from Greek klōstēr spindle, from klōthein to spin; see -ium
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Medical definitions for clostridium

Clostridium
[ klŏ-strĭdē-əm ]

n.
A genus of rod-shaped, spore-forming, chiefly anaerobic bacteria including the nitrogen-fixing bacteria found in soil and those causing botulism and tetanus.
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