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a bacterial species found in malignant edema of animals, in human battle wounds, and in cases of appendicitis; it is pathogenic for guinea pigs, rabbits, mice, and pigeons and produces an exotoxin that is lethal and hemolytic.
Synonym(s): Vibrion septique
Clos·trid·i·um sep·ti·cum(klos-trid'ē-ŭm sep'ti-kŭm)
Gram-positive, anaerobic bacillus associated with gas gangrene or myonecrosis; infection occurs when the organism contaminates wounds through trauma or surgery.
A species found in cases of gangrene in humans, as well as in cattle, hogs, and other domestic animals.
See also: Clostridium