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Pronunciation: mi'ko-bak-te're-a' se-e

Definition: A family of aerobic bacteria (order Actinomycetales) containing gram-positive, spheric to rod-shaped cells. Branching does not occur under ordinary cultural conditions. They are usually acid fast. They occur in soil and dairy products and as parasites on humans and other animals. The type genus is Mycobacterium.

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