Definition of propionibacterium in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌprōpēˌänəˌbakˈtirēəm/

noun (plural propionibacteria /-ˈti(ə)rēə/)

A bacterium that metabolizes carbohydrate, some kinds being involved in the fermentation of dairy products and the etiology of acne.
Example sentences
  • The study also monitored skin colonization by antibiotic-resistant propionibacteria.


Modern Latin, from propionic (see propionic acid) + bacterium.

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Syllabification: pro·pi·on·i·bac·te·ri·um

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