- 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.
Origin of clostridium
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Botulism is caused by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, a hardy anaerobe.The Deadliest Botox Has Arrived
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For the spores of Clostridium tetani, the culture should be three days old, but may be as old as a week.The Fundamentals of Bacteriology
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- 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
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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- 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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