Pronunciation: (shi-gel'u), [key]
—pl. -gel•laePronunciation: (-gel'ē), [key] -gel•las. Bacteriol.
any of several rod-shaped aerobic bacteria of the genus Shigella, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans and other warm-blooded animals.
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