One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of Gram-negative bacteria (family Neisseriaceae) inhabiting the mucous membranes of mammals and causing infections of the middle ear, respiratory tract, and conjunctiva; specifically a subgenus of this genus comprising rod-shaped bacteria occurring in pairs or chains; (also moraxella) a bacterium of this genus.
1940s. From scientific Latin Moraxella from the name of Victor Morax, Swiss ophthalmologist, who discovered the bacteria + classical Latin -ella).
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