Meaning of nocardia

no•car•di•a

Pronunciation: (nō-kär'dē-u), [key]
— n. Bacteriol.
  1. any of several filamentous or rod-shaped, aerobic bacteria of the genus Nocardia, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans and other animals.
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