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Pronunciation: mor'ak-sel'a

Definition: A genus of obligately aerobic nonmotile bacteria (family Neisseriaceae) containing gram-negative coccoids or short rods that usually occur in pairs. They do not produce acid from carbohydrates, are oxidase positive, penicillin susceptible, and infect the mucous membranes of humans and other mammals. The type species is Moraxella lacunata.

[V. Morax]

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