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[mahy-koh-bak-teer-ee-uh] /ˌmaɪ koʊ bækˈtɪər i ə/

plural noun, singular mycobacterium
[mahy-koh-bak-teer-ee-uh m] /ˌmaɪ koʊ bækˈtɪər i əm/ (Show IPA). Bacteriology.
rod-shaped aerobic of the genus Mycobacterium, certain species of which, as M. tuberculosis, are pathogenic for humans and animals.
noun (pl) -ria (-rɪə)
any of the rod-shaped Gram-positive bacteria of the genus Mycobacterium, some of which cause human diseases, such as tuberculosis and leprosy

mycobacterium my·co·bac·te·ri·um (mī’kō-bāk-tēr’ē-əm)
Any of various slender rod-shaped aerobic bacteria of the genus Mycobacterium, which includes the bacteria that cause tuberculosis and leprosy.

Mycobacterium n.
A genus of aerobic, nonmotile bacteria containing gram-positive rods and including both parasitic and saprophytic species.


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