[ klo-strid-ee-uh m ]
/ klɒˈstrɪd i əm /
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.
Origin of clostridium
Related formsclos·trid·i·al, clos·trid·i·an, adjective
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Examples from the Web for clostridium
Botulism is caused by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, a hardy anaerobe.
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|Charles Bradfield Morrey
British Dictionary definitions for 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 Formsclostridial 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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Medicine definitions for clostridium
[ klŏ-strĭd′ē-əm ]
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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