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Definition of "clostridium" [clostridium]

  • Any of various rod-shaped, spore-forming, chiefly anaerobic bacteria of the genus Clostridium, such as the nitrogen-fixing bacteria found in soil and those causing botulism and tetanus. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "clostridium" in a sentence
  • "Gastrointestinal infections in hospitalized childrenResearchers who examined nearly 10.5 million medical records found that a particularly dangerous infection with a bacterium called clostridium difficile is on the rise in hospitalized children."
  • "If you learn that your suitemate is infected with clostridium difficile, “holler until they move you,” says McGiffert.."
  • "Antibiotic overuse has fostered the emergence of highly resistant organisms such as MRSA and clostridium difficile, pathogens that have caused thousands of fatalities across our nation."