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nanobacterium

(năn′ə-băk-tîr′ē-əm)
n. pl. nanobac·teria (-tîr′ē-ə)
A calcified, crystalline particle smaller than 200 nanometers in diameter (the diameter of the smallest bacteria), hypothesized to be a self-replicating microorganism that can cause pathogenic calcification, as in arteriosclerosis and kidney stones.

Nanobacterium

A prokaryote name with no current standing in prokaryotic nomenclature.
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The nannobacteria were capable of inducing the calcification in vitro.
10-14) In contrast, no nannobacteria were found during their search in a row of cases of tumoral calcinosis, subepidermal calcified nodule, and some others.
They were: microcavities in the tissues, nannobacteria in the microcavities and around them and mineral microdeposits (irregular grains) of calcium localized in the same sites.