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corynebacteria

[kawr-uh-nee-bak-teer-ee-uh, kuh-rin-uh- kuh-rin-uh-]
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plural noun, singular cor·y·ne·bac·te·ri·um [kawr-uh-nee-bak-teer-ee-uh m, kuh-rin-uh-] /ˌkɔr ə ni bækˈtɪər i əm, kəˈrɪn ə-/.
  1. rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Corynebacterium, many species of which are pathogenic.
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Origin of corynebacteria

< New Latin (1896) < Greek korýnē club + bacteria bacteria
Related formscor·y·ne·bac·te·ri·al, adjective
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