- any of several rod-shaped, facultatively anaerobic bacteria of the genus Erysipelothrix, often forming long filaments and occurring as parasites on mammals, birds, and fish.
Origin of erysipelothrix
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[ĕr′ĭ-sĭp′ə-lō-thrĭks′, -sə-pĕl′ə-, îr′-]
- A genus of gram-positive rod-shaped bacteria that are parasitic on mammals, birds, and fish; it includes the causative agent of erysipeloid.
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