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Klebs–Löffler bacillus

Line breaks: Klebs–Löffler ba¦cil|lus
Pronunciation: /klɛbzˈləːflə
 
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Definition of Klebs–Löffler bacillus in English:

noun (plural Klebs–Löffler bacilli)

A bacterium that causes diphtheria in humans and similar diseases in other animals.
Example sentences
  • An enormous number of cases are rushed off to hospital because the Klebs–Loeffler (diphtheria) bacillus has been found.

Origin

late 19th century: named after Theodore A. E. Klebs (1834–1913) and Friedrich A. J. Löffler (1852–1915), German bacteriologists.

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