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[ fyoo-zoh-bak-teer-ee-uh ]
/ ˌfyu zoʊ bækˈtɪər i ə /

plural noun, singular fu·so·bac·te·ri·um [fyoo-zoh-bak-teer-ee-uh m] /ˌfyu zoʊ bækˈtɪər i əm/.

rod-shaped, anaerobic bacteria of the genus Fusobacterium, certain species of which are pathogenic in humans.

Nearby words

fusion beat, fusion bomb, fusion reactor, fusion, nuclear, fusionism, fusobacteria, fusobacterium, fusocellular, fusospirillary gingivitis, fusospirochetal, fusospirochetal gingivitis

Origin of fusobacteria

< New Latin (1922), equivalent to Latin fūs(us) spindle + New Latin -o- -o- + bacterium bacteria Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for fusobacterium


[ fyōō′zō-băk-tîrē-əm ]


A genus of gram-negative, anaerobic bacteria that produce butyric acid as a major metabolic product and occur in purulent or gangrenous infections.
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