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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klo-strid-ee-uh m]
    • /klɒˈstrɪd i əm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klo-strid-ee-uh m]
    • /klɒˈstrɪd i əm/

Definitions of clostridium word

  • noun clostridium any anaerobic typically rod-shaped bacterium of the genus Clostridium, occurring mainly in soil, but also in the intestines of humans and animals: family Bacillaceae. The genus includes the species causing botulism and tetanus 3
  • noun clostridium any of a large genus (Clostridium) of spore-forming, anaerobic, rod-shaped bacteria, many of which produce toxins, including those causing tetanus and botulism 3
  • noun plural clostridium any of several rod-shaped, spore-forming, anaerobic bacteria of the genus Clostridium, found in soil and in the intestinal tract of humans and animals. 1
  • noun clostridium An anaerobic bacterium of a large genus that includes many pathogenic species, e.g., those causing tetanus, gas gangrene, botulism, and other forms of food poisoning. 1
  • noun clostridium Any of several mostly anaerobic gram-positive bacteria, of the genus Clostridium, that are present in the soil and in the intestines of humans and animals and are capable of forming spores. 0

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Origin of clostridium

First appearance:

before 1880
One of the 23% newest English words
1880-85; < New Latin < Greek klōstr-, variant stem of klōstḗr spindle (klōs-, variant stem of klṓthein (see Clotho) + -tēr agent suffix) + New Latin -idium -idium

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clostridium popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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