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Vibrio vulnificus

(vŭl-nĭfĭ-kəs)
n.
  1. A bacterium capable of causing septicemia in individuals with an underlying chronic disease, especially hepatic disease, as well as causing wound infections, especially to persons who handle shellfish.
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