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Haemophilus influenzae

(ĭn′flōō-ĕnzē)
n.
  1. 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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