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Any of various small, gram-negative coccobacilli of the genus Bordetella, some of which are pathogenic in the human respiratory tract. It includes B. pertussis, the causative agent of whooping cough.

[New Latin Bordetella, genus name, after Jules Jean Baptiste Vincent Bordet (1870-1961), Belgian bacteriologist.]
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