Haemophilus influenzae

[ ĭn′flōō-ĕnzē ]

n.

A gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium of the genus Haemophilus, especially Haemophilus influenzae type b, that occurs in the human respiratory tract and causes acute respiratory infections, acute conjunctivitis, and purulent meningitis.Pfeiffer's bacillus

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