Klebs-Löffler bacillus

[ klebz-lef-ler; German kleyps-lœf-luhr ]
/ ˈklɛbzˈlɛf lər; German ˈkleɪpsˈlœf lər /
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a bacterium, Corynebacterium diphtheriae, which causes diphtheria.
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Origin of Klebs-Löffler bacillus

First recorded in 1890–95; named after E. Klebs and F. A. J. Löffler

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British Dictionary definitions for Klebs-Löffler bacillus

Klebs-Löffler bacillus
/ (ˈklɛbzˈlʌflə, German ˈkleːpsˈlœflər) /

a rodlike Gram-positive bacterium, Corynebacterium diphtheriae, that causes diphtheria: family Corynebacteriaceae.

Word Origin for Klebs-Löffler bacillus

C19: named after Edwin Klebs (1834–1913) and Friedrich A. J. Löffler (1852–1915), German bacteriologists
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Medical definitions for Klebs-Löffler bacillus

Klebs-Löffler bacillus
[ klĕbzlĕflər, klāpslœflər ]

A gram-positive, nonmotile, rod-shaped bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae that causes diphtheria in humans and produces an exotoxin that causes tissue degeneration.
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