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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various rod-shaped, aerobic, often pathogenic bacteria of the genus Mycobacterium, including the causative agents of tuberculosis and leprosy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus proposed by Lehmann-Neumann to include certain pathogenic bacteria, as Bacterium lepræ: regarded as synonymous with the genus Bacterium, in which it is included by Migula.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Any of various rod-shaped bacteria, some saprophytic or causing diseases.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun biology Any of many rod-shaped, aerobic bacteria, of the genus Mycobacterium, that cause diseases such as tuberculosis and leprosy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun rod-shaped bacteria some saprophytic or causing diseases

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