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Pronunciation: bran′hă-mel′ă

Definition: A subgenus of aerobic, nonmotile, non-spore-forming bacteria containing gram-negative cocci that occur in pairs with adjacent sides flattened; these organisms are currently considered closely related to the genus Moraxella. They occur in the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract. The type species is Branhamella catarrhalis.

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