A bacterium that causes tuberculosis.
- Tuberculosis is an infection caused by a germ called the tubercle bacillus or Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
- Depending on concentration, iodophors have a wide range of activity against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, tubercle bacillus, fungi, and viruses and some activity against bacterial spores.
- Prevention, through public-health measures, including antispitting ordinances and the disposal of infected milk and meat, became a first line of defense after Koch identified the tubercle bacillus in 1882.
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Syllabification: tu·ber·cle ba·cil·lus
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