[suh-rey-shuh, -shee-uh, -rah-tee-uh]
- a genus of rod-shaped, aerobic bacteria that are saprophytic on decaying plant or animal materials.
Origin of Serratia
< New Latin, named after Serafino Serrati, 19th-century Italian industrialist; see -a2
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Examples from the Web for serratia
The insects died after this color appeared and practically pure cultures of Serratia were recovered from the reddened areas.
Neostylopyga rhombifolia Bacterium: Serratia marcescens, p. 117.
Pycnoscelus surinamensis Bacterium: Serratia marcescens, p. 117.