One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bacterium that causes diphtheria in humans and similar diseases in other animals.
Corynebacterium diphtheriae; non-motile Gram-positive rods
- ‘An enormous number of cases are rushed off to hospital because the KlebsLoeffler (diphtheria) bacillus has been found.’
Late 19th century: named after Theodore A. E. Klebs (1834–1913) and Friedrich A. J. Löffler (1852–1915), German bacteriologists.
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