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n. pl. bed·so·ni·ae (-nē-ī′)
Any of a group of bacteria of the genus Chlamydia that include the causative agents of trachoma, psittacosis, and lymphogranuloma venereum.
[New Latin, after Sir Samuel Phillips Bedson (1886-1969), British bacteriologist.]
a former name for the genus of bacteria now called Chlamydia