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 (kôr′ə-nē-băk-tîr′ē-əm, kə-rĭn′ə-)
n. pl. co·ry·ne·bac·te·ri·a (-tîr′ē-ə)
Any of various gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Corynebacterium, which includes many animal and plant pathogens, such as the causative agent of diphtheria.

[New Latin Corynēbacterium, genus name : Greek korunē, club; see ker- in Indo-European roots + bacterium.]


n, pl corynebacteria
any of various bacterium of the genus Corynebacterium, including various animal and plant pathogens and animal parasites
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Noun1.corynebacterium - any species of the genus Corynebacterium
eubacteria, eubacterium, true bacteria - a large group of bacteria having rigid cell walls; motile types have flagella
genus Corynebacterium - the type genus of the family Corynebacteriaceae which is widely distributed in nature; the best known are parasites and pathogens of humans and domestic animals
C. diphtheriae, Corynebacterium diphtheriae, Klebs-Loeffler bacillus - a species of bacterium that causes diphtheria
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Nontoxigenic tox-Bearing Corynebacterium ulcerans Infection among Game Animals, Germany
On September 12, 2010, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare was notified of a case of respiratory diphtheria-like illness in an Idaho man aged 80 years whose pharyngeal specimens yielded Corynebacterium ulcerans.
Screening for Corynebacterium diphtheriae and Corynebacterium ulcerans in patients with upper respiratory tract infections 2007-2008: a multicentre European study.
This report describes a recent case of respiratory diphtheria caused by a toxin-producing strain of Corynebacterium ulcerans.
and Corynebacterium ulcerans, which were identified by biochemical differentiation (API Coryne code 0111326), including a positive O129 sensitivity test result, rpoB sequencing, and a score of 2.
To the Editor: Toxigenic Corynebacterium ulcerans is an increasingly reported cause of diphtheria in the United Kingdom and is often associated with a zoonotic origin (1,2).
Production of diphtheria toxin by selected isolates of Corynebacterium ulcerans and Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis.
To the Editor: Infection with Corynebacterium ulcerans occurs sporadically throughout the world, and in the United Kingdom it has emerged as the most common cause of diphtheria-like disease (1).
Molecular epidemiology and characteristics of Corynebacterium diphtheriae and Corynebacterium ulcerans strains isolated in Italy during the 1990s.