Clostridium difficile

/ (dɪˈfɪsɪli, ˌdɪfɪˈsiːl) /

noun

a faecal organism endemic in hospitals and responsible for the majority of hospital-acquired cases of diarrhoea in elderly patientssometimes shortened to C.difficile, C.diff

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DISCOVER THE INFLUENCE OF PORTUGUESE ON ENGLISH VIA THIS QUIZ!

We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
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