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leukocidin

Pronunciation: lu'ko-si'din, lu-ko-si'din

Definition: A heat-labile substance that is elaborated by many strains of Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, and pneumococci and manifests a destructive action on leukocytes, with or without lysis of the cells.

[leukocyte + L. caedo, to kill]

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