corynebacteria

[ kawr-uh-nee-bak-teer-ee-uh, kuh-rin-uh- kuh-rin-uh- ]
/ ˌkɔr ə ni bækˈtɪər i ə, kəˈrɪn ə- kəˈrɪn ə- /

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-/.

rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Corynebacterium, many species of which are pathogenic.

Origin of corynebacteria

< New Latin (1896) < Greek korýnē club + bacteria bacteria

Related forms

cor·y·ne·bac·te·ri·al, adjective
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corynebacterium

[ kôr′ə-nē-băk-tîrē-əm, kə-rĭn′ə- ]

n.

Any of various gram-positive, rod-shaped bacterium of the genus Corynebacterium.
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