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clos·trid·i·um

 (klŏ-strĭd′ē-əm)
n. pl. clos·trid·i·a (-ē-ə)
Any of various rod-shaped, spore-forming, chiefly anaerobic bacteria of the genus Clostridium, such as certain nitrogen-fixing species found in soil and those causing botulism and tetanus.

[New Latin Clōstridium, genus name, from Greek klōstēr, klōstr-, spindle, from klōthein, to spin.]

clos·trid′i·al (-əl) adj.
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Noun1.clostridia - spindle-shaped bacterial cell especially one swollen at the center by an endospore
eubacteria, eubacterium, true bacteria - a large group of bacteria having rigid cell walls; motile types have flagella
genus Clostridium - anaerobic or micro-aerophilic rod-shaped or spindle-shaped saprophytes; nearly cosmopolitan in soil, animal intestines, and dung
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Clostridia represents a group of anaerobic spore-forming bacteria ubiquitous in the poultry environment.
Mice harboring Clostridia bacteria in their guts are less sensitive to the legumes than mice without the microbes, researchers report August 25 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Sulphite reducing anaerobes - Clostridia spores in particular - can be useful indicators of intermittent and remote faecal contamination.