[ noh-kahr-dee-uh ]
/ noʊˈkɑr di ə /
any of several filamentous or rod-shaped, aerobic bacteria of the genus Nocardia, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans and other animals.
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Origin of nocardia
1905–10; < New Latin; after Edmond I.É. Nocard (1850–1903), French biologist; see -ia
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Medical definitions for nocardia
[ nō-kär′dē-ə ]
A genus of aerobic, gram-positive, primarily saprophytic actinomycetes that are transitional between bacteria and fungi and that form filaments that fragment to single nonmotile microorganisms, including some species that may be pathogenic to humans and other animals.
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