from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various nonmotile, rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Shigella, which includes some species that cause dysentery.
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- n. A bacterium in the genus Shigella, some kinds of which may cause shigellosis a form of dysentery.
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- n. rod-shaped Gram-negative enterobacteria; some are pathogenic for warm-blooded animals; can be used as a bioweapon
New Latin Shigella, genus name, after Kiyoshi Shiga (1870-1957), Japanese bacteriologist.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the name of Kiyoshi Shiga, the Japanese bacteriologist who studied shigella. (Wiktionary)