cord factor


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cord factor

[′kȯrd ‚fak·tər]
(microbiology)
A toxic glycolipid found as a surface component of tubercle bacilli that is responsible for virulence and serpentine growth.
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1,2] The cord factor (trehalose 6,6'-dimycolate) responsible for this morphological phenomenon contributes significantly to the virulence of M tuberculosis.