Definition of Klebs–Löffler bacillus in English:

Klebs–Löffler bacillus


  • 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 Klebs–Loeffler (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.


Klebs–Löffler bacillus