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Ehrlichia

Pronunciation: er-lik'e-a

Definition: A genus of small, often pleomorphic, coccoid to ellipsoidal, nonmotile, gram-negative bacteria (order Rickettsiales) that occur either singly or in compact inclusions in circulating mammalian leukocytes; species are the etiologic agents of ehrlichiosis and are transmitted by ticks. The type species is Ehrlichia canis.

[P. Ehrlich]

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