pl. -·lae or -·las
any of a genus (Shigella) of Gram-negative bacilli, certain species of which cause dysentery
Origin of shigellaModL, after Kiyoshi Shiga (1870-1957), Japanese bacteriologist
nounpl. shi·gel·lae also shi·gel·las
Any of various nonmotile, rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Shigella, which includes some species that cause dysentery.
Origin of shigellaNew Latin Shigella, genus name, after Kiyoshi Shiga, (1870–1957), Japanese bacteriologist.
(plural shigella or shigellas or shigellae)
From the name of Kiyoshi Shiga, the Japanese bacteriologist who studied shigella.