[noh-kahr-dee-uh] /noʊˈkɑr di ə/
any of several filamentous or rod-shaped, aerobic bacteria of the genus Nocardia, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans and other animals.
Nocardia No·car·di·a (nō-kär’dē-ə)
A genus of aerobic, gram-positive, primarily saprophytic actinomycetes, that are transitional between bacteria and fungi and that form filaments that fragment to single nonmotile microorganisms, including some species that may be pathogenic to humans and other animals.
- Nocardia asteroides
Nocardia asteroides Nocardia as·ter·oi·des (ās’tə-roi’dēz) n. A species of Nocardia that causes nocardiosis.
- Nocardia caviae
Nocardia caviae Nocardia ca·vi·ae (kā’vē-ē’) n. A species of Nocardia that causes mycetoma in humans.
- Nocardia farcinica
Nocardia farcinica Nocardia far·ci·ni·ca (fär-sī’nĭ-kə) n. A species of Nocardia that sometimes causes systemic nocardiosis.
nocardiosis no·car·di·o·sis (nō-kär’dē-ō’sĭs) n. A generalized disease in humans that is caused by Nocardia asteroides or occasionally by N. farcinica and that is characterized by pulmonary lesions that may be subclinical or chronic and may spread to other organs of the body, especially the brain.