erysipelothrix

[ er-uh-sip-uh-loh-thriks, eer-uh- ]
/ ˌɛr əˈsɪp ə loʊˌθrɪks, ˌɪər ə- /

noun Bacteriology.

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

< New Latin, irregular < Greek erysipel(as) erysipelas, + -o- -o- +thríx a hair
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Medicine definitions for erysipelothrix

Erysipelothrix

[ ĕr′ĭ-sĭpə-lō-thrĭks′, -sə-pĕlə-, îr′- ]

n.

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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