nounpl. -·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.