Haemophilus influenzae

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Hae·moph·i·lus in·flu·en·'zae

Avoid the misspelling H. influenza and the jargonistic abridgment H. flu.
a bacterial species found in the respiratory tract that causes acute respiratory infections, including pneumonia, acute conjunctivitis, otitis, and purulent meningitis in children (in adults in whom it contributes to sinusitis and chronic bronchitis). Originally considered to be the cause of influenza, it is the type species of the genus Haemophilus.

Haemophilus influenzae

a small gram-negative nonmotile parasitic bacterium that occurs in two forms, encapsulated and nonencapsulated, and in six types, a, b, c, d, e, and f. Almost all infections are caused by encapsulated type b organisms. H. influenzae is found in the nasopharynx of approximately 75% of healthy children and adults. In children and in debilitated older people, severe destructive inflammation of the larynx, trachea, and bronchi may result from infection. Subacute bacterial endocarditis, purulent meningitis, and pneumonia also may be caused by it. Secondary infection by H. influenzae occurs in influenza and in many other respiratory diseases. Several H. influenzae B conjugate vaccines are available.

Hae·moph·i·lus in·flu·en·zae

(hē-mof'i-lŭs in-flū-en'zē)
A bacterial species found in the respiratory tract that causes acute respiratory infections including pneumonia, acute conjunctivitis, bacterial meningitis, and purulent meningitis in children, rarely in adults; originally considered to be the cause of influenza, it is the type species of the genus Haemophilus.
Synonym(s): Pfeiffer bacillus, Weeks bacillus.

Hae·moph·i·lus in·flu·en·zae

(hē-mof'i-lŭs in-flū-en'zē)
Bacterial species found in the respiratory tract that causes acute respiratory infections, including pneumonia and otitis.
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After discussing the available evidence as to the bacteriology of the present epidemic, the majority of those present were agreed that there was considerable doubt as to the primary etiological significance of the Bacillus influenzae of Pfeiffer, and considered that the existence of some as yet undiscovered virus must be regarded as possible.
The Incidence of Bacillus Influenzae (Pfeiffer) in the Present Influenza Epidemic," The Lancet II (November 23, 1919):695; [Editorial], B.