corynebacteria

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

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

Nearby words

  1. corydon,
  2. coryell,
  3. corymb,
  4. corymbiform,
  5. corymbose,
  6. corynebacterium,
  7. corynebacterium diphtheriae,
  8. coryneform,
  9. coryphaeus,
  10. coryphodon

Origin of corynebacteria

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

Related formscor·y·ne·bac·te·ri·al, adjective

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Medicine definitions for corynebacterium

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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