Meaning of mycobacterium

my•co•bac•te•ri•um

Pronunciation: (mī"kō-bak-tēr'ē-um), [key]
— pl. -te•ri•a
  1. any of several rod-shaped aerobic bacteria of the genus Mycobacterium, certain species of which, as M. tuberculosis, are pathogenic for humans and animals.
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