[ kleb-zee-el-uh, klep-see- ]
/ ˌklɛb ziˈɛl ə, ˌklɛp si- /
any of several rod-shaped, aerobic bacteria of the genus Klebsiella, certain species of which, as K. pneumoniae, are found in the respiratory, intestinal, and genitourinary tracts of humans and animals and are sometimes pathogenic.
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British Dictionary definitions for klebsiella
/ (ˌklɛbzɪˈɛlə) /
a Gram-negative bacteria found in the respiratory, intestinal, and urinogenital tracts of humans and animals, which can cause pneumonia and urinary infections
Word Origin for klebsiella
C20: after Edwin Klebs (1834–913), German bacteriologist
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Medicine definitions for klebsiella
[ klĕb′zē-ĕl′ə ]
A genus of bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae containing nonmotile, gram-negative, frequently encapsulated rods that are arranged singly, in pairs, or in short chains. It includes some human pathogens.
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