any of a large genus (Clostridium) of spore-forming, anaerobic, rod-shaped bacteria, many of which produce toxins, including those causing tetanus and botulism
Origin of clostridiumModern Latin ; from Classical Greek kl?st?r, a spindle (see Clotho) + Modern Latin -idium, diminutive suffix ; from Classical Greek -idion: so named from its shape
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.
Origin of clostridiumNew Latin Cl&omacron;stridium, genus name, from Greek kl&omacron;st&emacron;r, kl&omacron;str-, spindle, from kl&omacron;thein, to spin.
New Latin, from Ancient Greek κλωστήρ (kloster, “spindle, thread, thread of fate”)