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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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E causada pela acao de neurotoxinas produzidas pelo Clostridium tetani, bacteria em formato de bacilo gram positiva anaerobica, a qual forma esporos que a permitem sobreviver em ambiente sem oxigenio (TAVARES; MARINHO, 2015).
As per the report findings, Clostridium tetani is widespread in the environment throughout the world and cannot be eradicated.
It is caused by the Clostridium tetani bacteria that thrive in contaminated soil, animal feces, and other objects.
Bird explains: "The amazing thing about this organism is it's from a whole big family of organisms, where some of them, like Clostridium tetani and Clostridium botulism, produce the most potent neurotoxins known to mankind, and then from the other side of the Clostridium family we can produce biofuels and solvents.
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Among the six causally associated cases in 2014 and 2015, at least three patients (in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) reportedly had applied traditional remedies to aid healing; these remedies might have contained substances contaminated with spores of Clostridium tetani, the causative agent of tetanus.
The practice of applying ghee (clarified butter) heated with dried cow dung was found to be significantly associated with neonatal tetanus, which results from contamination of the umbilical wound with spores of Clostridium tetani which is commonly found in soil and cattle droppings.
Typically, tetanus is a toxemia caused by neurotoxin produced under anaerobic conditions by Clostridium tetani, a gram positive bacilli.
Measles and influenza are getting most of the headlines these days, but infections caused by the poisons ejected by Clostridium tetani, a spore-forming bacteria, caused a total of 233 known cases in the United States from 2001 through 2008.
We now know that the raw toxins from Clostridium Botulinum, as well as the toxin from its relative; Clostridium Tetani, are arguably the most deadly of the naturally occurring toxins, causing Botulism and Tetanus respectively.
The deadly bacterium Clostridium tetani lives in soil, and it can enter the body through even a small cut or splinter, Pregerson said in an interview.