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Pronunciation: fla'vo-bak-ter'e-um

Definition: A genus of aerobic to facultatively anaerobic, non–spore-forming, motile, and nonmotile bacteria (family Achromobacteraceae) containing gram-negative rods; motile cells are peritrichous. These organisms characteristically produce yellow, orange, red, or yellow-brown pigments. They are found in soil and in fresh and salt water. Some species are pathogenic. The type species is Flavobacterium aquatile.

[L. flavus, yellow]

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