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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.


n, pl -iums or -ia (-ɪə)
(Microbiology) any anaerobic typically rod-shaped bacterium of the genus Clostridium, occurring mainly in soil, but also in the intestines of humans and animals: family Bacillaceae. The genus includes the species causing botulism and tetanus
[C20: from New Latin, literally: small spindle, from Greek klōstēr spindle, from klōthein to spin; see -ium]
closˈtridial, closˈtridian adj


(klɒˈstrɪd i əm)

n., pl. clos•trid•i•a (klɒˈstrɪd i ə)
any of several rod-shaped, spore-forming, anaerobic bacteria of the genus Clostridium, found in soil and in the intestinal tract.
[< New Latin (1880) < Greek klōstr-, <klōstḗr spindle]
clos•trid′i•al, clos•trid′i•an, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clostridium - 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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A fatal postpartum Clostridium sordellii associated toxic shock syndrome.
In November 2005, the FDA determined that four earlier deaths that occurred in California from 2003 to 2005 were the result of infections from a bacterium called Clostridium sordellii.
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McGregor, a well-known gynecologist and specialist in infectious diseases, opined that mifepristone in medical abortion interferes with the patient's immune response to infection, causing death because of Clostridium sordellii in some cases ("Mifepristone Deaths Raise Unanswered Questions," Oct.
The conclusions drawn by both CDC and FDA are that the patient most likely died of an acute Clostridium sordellii infection; that this organism was probably on the donor tissue prior to arrival at CryoLife; that the organism, as a spore, survived the decontamination process; and that CryoLife procedures, which met or exceeded typical industry processes for aseptic handling, were properly followed.
Clostridium sordellii has been confirmed as the cause of sepsis in four women who died in the United States following the use of Mifeprex (mifepristone) for medical abortion, the Food and Drug Administration reported.
Medical literature says that Clostridium sordellii can enter the body through an open cut or wound, such as might be found following a surgical abortion or, as one now supposes, a chemically induced RU486 abortion, which typically involves more extensive bleeding than a surgical abortion.
In two of the cases, the organism involved was Clostridium sordellii, known to colonize the intestinal tract and rectal area, but rarely to cause infection, although it can cause surgical and postpartum infections and has caused infections in patients receiving tissue transplants.
The CDC confirmed that the tissue examined contained the rare bacterium Clostridium sordellii.
The investigation focused on the possibility of the death being related to a Clostridium sordellii infection, a rare bacterial infection caused by a spore-forming bacterium that is normally found in soil.
The pathogen that killed several abortion patients was Clostridium sordellii, a common bacterium that can prove deadly when it gets into the bloodstream.