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Medical Term:

Eikenella corrodens

Pronunciation: i'ke-nel'a kor-ro'denz

Definition: A species of nonmotile, rod-shaped, gram-negative, facultatively anaerobic bacteria that characteristically pits the agar under its colonies; it is part of the normal flora of the adult human oral cavity but may be an opportunistic pathogen, in pure or mixed culture especially in immunocompromised hosts.

[M. Eiken, 1958]

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