Definition of propionibacterium in English:


Syllabification: pro·pi·on·i·bac·te·ri·um
Pronunciation: /ˌprōpēˌänəˌbakˈti(ə)rēəm

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.
    • Genus Propionibacterium; Gram-positive rods
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    • The study also monitored skin colonization by antibiotic-resistant propionibacteria.


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

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