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 (sĕ-rā′shē-ə, -shə)
n. pl. serratia
Any of various red, rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Serratia, especially S. marcescens, that are found in the intestinal tract, are resistant to many antibiotics, and cause nosocomial and opportunistic infections such as wound infections and pneumonia as well as disease in coral reefs.

[New Latin Serratia, genus name, after Serafino Serrati, Italian physicist who developed an early steamboat engine and operated the first steamboat on the Arno in 1787.]
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Noun1.Serratia - a genus of motile peritrichous bacteria that contain small Gram-negative rod
bacteria genus - a genus of bacteria
Enterobacteriaceae, family Enterobacteriaceae - a large family of Gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria of the order Eubacteriales
Serratia marcescens - the type species of the genus Serratia; a species found in water and soil and milk and foods and insects; can cause infections of the endocardium and blood and wounds and urinary tract and respiratory tract; has been tested as a bioweapon
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ATCC MICROBIOLOGICAL STRAINS USED FOR CHALLENGE TESTING Microorganisms ATCC Number Gram Negative Bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa 9027, 15442, 10145 Pseudomonas putida 12633, 49128 Pseudomonas fluorescens 13525 * Burkholderia cepacia 25416 Escherichia coli 8739,11229, 25922 Enterobacter gergoviae 33028 Enterobacter aerogenes 13048 Citrobacter freundii 8090 Klebsiella pneumoniae 13883, 4352 * Klebsiella oxytoca 13182 * Serratia liquefaciens 27592 Acinetobacter baumannii 19606 * Gram Positive Bacteria Staphylococcus epidermidis 12228, 14990 Staphylococcus aureus 6538 Yeast Candida albicans 10231 Saccharomyces cerevisiae 834 * Mold Aspergillus brasiliensis 16404 (formerly Aspergillus niger) * Reported only by a few respondents TABLE 3.
Grohskopf and co-authors (2001) found that staff members of a hospital were not emptying and cleaning soap dispensers before refilling, which resulted in an outbreak of Serratia liquefaciens in a hemodialysis center.