Definitions of mycobacteria
  1. noun
    rod-shaped bacteria some saprophytic or causing diseases
    synonyms: mycobacterium
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    Mycobacterium tuberculosis, tubercle bacillus
    cause of tuberculosis
    Mycobacterium leprae, leprosy bacillus
    cause of leprosy
    type of:
    eubacteria, eubacterium, true bacteria
    a large group of bacteria having rigid cell walls; motile types have flagella
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