American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various rod-shaped, spore-forming, chiefly anaerobic bacteria of the genus Clostridium, such as the nitrogen-fixing bacteria found in soil and those causing botulism and tetanus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A supposed genus of bacteria now usually classed under other genera by different authors.
- n. [lowercase; pl. clostridia (-ä).] A term applied to certain bacteria to describe their spindle-like shape.
- n. Any of several mostly anaerobic gram-positive bacteria, of the genus Clostridium, that are present in the soil and in the intestines of humans and animals
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. spindle-shaped bacterial cell esp. one swollen at the center by an endospore.
- n. a genus of anaerobic, spore-forming motile bacteria of the family
Bacillaceae, including several pathogenic species, such as the causative agents of gas gangrene (Clostridium perfringens), botulism ( Clostridium botulinum), and tetanus (Clostridium tetani).
- n. spindle-shaped bacterial cell especially one swollen at the center by an endospore
- New Latin Clōstridium, genus name, from Greek klōstēr, klōstr-, spindle, from klōthein, to spin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Gastrointestinal infections in hospitalized childrenResearchers who examined nearly 10.5 million medical records found that a particularly dangerous infection with a bacterium called clostridium difficile is on the rise in hospitalized children.”
“If you learn that your suitemate is infected with clostridium difficile, “holler until they move you,” says McGiffert..”
“Antibiotic overuse has fostered the emergence of highly resistant organisms such as MRSA and clostridium difficile, pathogens that have caused thousands of fatalities across our nation.”
“MRSA and clostridium difficile kill about 15,000-20,000 Americans a year.”
“If diarrhea is severe, make sure your doctor checks your stool for toxins released by clostridium difficile bacteria, a common cause of antibiotic-provoked diarrhea that requires prompt treatment with yet another antibiotic.”
“Use of gastric acid-suppressive agents and the risk of community acquired clostridium difficile-associated disease.”
“It is some kind of bacteria known ‘clostridium ljungdahlii’.”
“Tetanus shots protect against clostridium Tetani, which is a cause of tetanus.”
“Based on highly credible intelligence, UNSCOM [the U.N. weapons inspectors] suspects that Iraq still has biological agents like anthrax, botulinum toxin, and clostridium perfringens in sufficient quantity to fill several dozen bombs and ballistic missile warheads, as well as the means to continue manufacturing these deadly agents.”
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