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a species found in water, soil, milk, foods, and silkworms and other insects; a significant cause of hospital-acquired infection, especially in patients with impaired immunity; it is the type species of the genus Serratia.
Serratia marcescensMicrobiology The type-species of the gram-negative Serratia, widely present in the environment, and occasional cause of hospital-acquired infections Asssociations Contaminated fluids, equipment, cleaning solutions, hands, ↓ nurse-to-Pt ratio. See Serratia.
An opportunistic bacterium that causes septicemia and pulmonary disease, esp. in immunocompromised patients, and is found in water, soil, milk, and stools. In the proper environment, the organism will grow on food and produce the red pigment prodigiosin.
See also: Serratia
Serrati,Serafino, 18th century Italian physicist.
Serratia - a genus of anaerobic bacteria that contain gram-negative rods.
Serratia marcescens - a species found in water, soil, milk, foods, and insects; significant cause of hospital-acquired infection.