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Pronunciation: kam′pi-lō-bak′ter

Definition: A genus of bacteria containing gram-negative, nonsporeforming, spiral or S-curved rods with a single flagellum at one or both ends of the cell; cells may also become spheric under adverse conditions; they are motile with a corkscrewlike motion and nonsaccharolytic. The type species is Campylobacter fetus.

[G. campylos, curved, + baktron, staff or rod]

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