One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bacterium which sometimes causes disease in humans and other animals, including diphtheria.
Genus Corynebacterium; Gram-positive nonmotile club-shaped rods
- ‘Stringent identification of clinical isolates will be required to define the role of the nondiphtheriae corynebacteria in human disease.’
- ‘It is prepared by a fermentation process with strains of corynebacteria.’
- ‘The process of the present invention comprises the steps of subjecting delipidated bacterial residues of corynebacteria cells to a mild extraction and isolating the thus-obtained watersoluble extract.’
- ‘Overgrowth of normal skin flora, including corynebacterium, occur frequently.’
- ‘Other organisms cultured in these various studies have included a few of highly questionable pathogenicity, such as corynebacteria.’
Modern Latin, from Greek korunē ‘club’ + bacterium.
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