clostridium definition

  • noun:
    • Any of numerous rod-shaped, spore-forming, chiefly anaerobic bacteria associated with genus Clostridium, for instance the nitrogen-fixing bacteria within earth and people causing botulism and tetanus.
    • Any of a number of mostly anaerobic gram-positive germs, for the genus Clostridium, that are contained in the earth and in the intestines of humans and creatures
    • spindle-shaped bacterial mobile esp. one swollen during the center by an endospore.
    • a genus of anaerobic, spore-forming motile germs associated with family Bacillaceae, including a number of pathogenic species, for instance the causative agents of gas gangrene (Clostridium perfringens), botulism (Clostridium botulinum), and tetanus (Clostridium tetani).
    • A supposed genus of micro-organisms today frequently classified under various other genera by different authors.
    • [lowercase; pl. clostridia (-รค).] A term placed on specific bacteria to explain their particular spindle-like shape.
    • spindle-shaped bacterial cellular specially one swollen in the center by an endospore

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