noun pl. co·ry·ne·bac·te·ri·a (-tîrˈē-ə)
Any of various gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Corynebacterium, which includes many animal and plant pathogens, such as the causative agent of diphtheria.
Origin: New Latin Corynēbacterium, genus name
Origin: : Greek korunē, club; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots
Origin: + bacterium
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