Clostridium tetani


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Clostridium tetani

[klä‚strid·ē·əm ′tet·ən‚ī]
(medicine)
A spore-forming bacterium that produces a powerful toxin, tetanospasmin, that blocks inhibitory synapses in the central nervous system and thus causes the severe muscle spasms characteristic of tetanus.
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Tetanus is an often fatal disease caused by a bacterium, clostridium tetani.
Tetanus is caused by the spores of Clostridium tetani, a bacterium that lives on dead or decaying matter.
Tetanus is an often-fatal disease caused by the bacteria Clostridium tetani.
Rather, Clostridium tetani enters the body through an open wound, including lacerations, abrasions and puncture wounds.
A TETANUS is caused by a bacterium called clostridium tetani, which is naturally found in soil and animal manure.