Legionella

[lee-juh-nel-uh]
noun
  1. a genus of rod- or coccus-shaped aerobic Gram-negative bacteria, certain species of which, as L. pneumophila, produce legionnaires' disease.

Origin of Legionella

< New Latin (1979), after legionnaires' disease; see -ella
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British Dictionary definitions for legionella

legionella

noun plural -lae (-ˌliː)
  1. any Gram-negative rod-shaped bacterium of the genus Legionella, including L. pneumophila, which causes legionnaire's disease

Word Origin for legionella

C20: New Latin, diminutive of legion, as in legionnaire's disease
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legionella in Medicine

Legionella

[lē′jə-nĕlə]
n.
  1. A genus of gram-negative bacilli that includes the species that causes Legionnaires' disease.
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