noun (plural Klebs–Löffler bacilli)
A bacterium that causes diphtheria in humans and similar diseases in other animals.
- Corynebacterium diphtheriae; non-motile Gram-positive rods
More example sentences
- An enormous number of cases are rushed off to hospital because the KlebsLoeffler (diphtheria) bacillus has been found.
late 19th century: named after Theodore A. E. Klebs (1834–1913) and Friedrich A. J. Löffler (1852–1915), German bacteriologists.