from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small, gram-negative coccobacilli of the genus Bordetella, some of which are pathogenic in the human respiratory tract. It includes B. pertussis, the causative agent of whooping cough.
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- n. Any of several gram-negative coccobacilli, of the genus Bordetella, many of which are pathogenic; especially Bordatella pertussis which causes whooping cough.
New Latin Bordetella, genus name, after Jules Jean Baptiste Vincent Bordet (1870-1961), Belgian bacteriologist.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)