(redirected from corynebacteria)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.


 (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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
References in periodicals archive ?
A clinicopathological review of 34 cases of inflammatory breast disease showing an association between corynebacteria infection and granulomatous mastitis.
Corynebacteria are a normal component of the microbiota of human skin and mucous membranes.
corynebacteria other than Corynebacterium diphtheriae), micrococci (which include the staphylococci such as Staphylococcus epidermidis), streptococci (either alpha ([alpha]) or gamma ([gamma]) hemolytic), and the enterococci.
Samples from swabs were plated on meat-peptone agar, MRS AGAR (DE MAN, ROGOSA, SHARPE)--special medium for lactic acid bacteria, nutritive medium of milk hydrolyzate, HMM for bifidobacteria, Buchin's medium for corynebacteria culturing, medium containing sodium azide--for enterococci, Baird-Parker's medium--for staphylococci, wort agar, Sabouraud medium--for fungi, Endo agar, Bismuth sulfite agar--for enterobacteria.
Another 22 chapters consider such topics as the physiology and diversity of ammonia-oxidizing archaea, DNA replication and genomic architecture in very large bacteria, microbial population and community dynamics on plant roots and their feedback on plant communities, the origin and diversification of eukaryotes, and postgenomic approaches to using corynebacteria as biocatalysts.
1995, "Microorganisms for amino acid production Escherichia Coli and Corynebacteria.
The researchers also discovered differences in infant flora by body site, with streptococci, staphylococci, and propionibacteria being most prevalent on the forehead; streptococci, staphylococci, and corynebacteria being most prevalent on the arms; and clostridia, streptococci, and ruminococci being most prevalent on the buttocks.
Hydrophobicity and biofilm formation of lipophilic skin corynebacteria.
Corynebacteria have been isolated from a wide range of environments (eg, dairy products, soil, sewage, sediments, aquatic sources, and animals), but they can also occur as part of the indigenous microflora of animals and man.