bacterial capsule


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bacterial capsule

[bak′tir·ē·əl ′kap·səl]
(microbiology)
A thick, mucous envelope, composed of polypeptides or carbohydrates, surrounding some bacteria.
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In addition, the mucopolysaccharides of the bacterial capsule probably contribute to inhibition of phagocytosis.
The second antigen is from the bacterial capsule, which helps the body recognize the growing form of anthrax and stops the infection before it can proceed to the toxin-producing stage.
Typhim Vi is produced using purified Vi polysaccharide -- or carbohydrate -- extracted from the bacterial capsule of salmonella typhi strain TY2.