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n. pl. na·no·bac·te·ri·a (-tîr′ē-ə)
A calcified, crystalline particle smaller than 200 nanometers in diameter (the diameter of the smallest bacteria), hypothesized to be a self-replicating microorganism that can cause pathogenic calcification, as in arteriosclerosis and kidney stones.
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Chapters cover general evaluation, evidence behind individual therapies, and related topics such as erectile dysfunction, infertility, the link between chronic prostatitis and prostate cancer, male interstitial cystitis, and the potential etiologic role of calcifying nanoparticles. Shoskes is affiliated with the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute at The Cleveland Clinic.
"We hear, 'You're studying something that doesn't exist," says Virginia Miller, a physiologist at the Mayo Clinic Medical School in Rochester, Minn., who studies "self-replicating calcifying nanoparticles" and their link to disease.