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[suh-rey-shuh, -shee-uh, -rah-tee-uh]
noun Bacteriology.
  1. a genus of rod-shaped, aerobic bacteria that are saprophytic on decaying plant or animal materials.
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Origin of Serratia

< New Latin, named after Serafino Serrati, 19th-century Italian industrialist; see -a2
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Historical Examples of serratia

  • The insects died after this color appeared and practically pure cultures of Serratia were recovered from the reddened areas.

    The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches

    Louis M. Roth

  • Neostylopyga rhombifolia Bacterium: Serratia marcescens, p. 117.

  • Pycnoscelus surinamensis Bacterium: Serratia marcescens, p. 117.