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 [klo-strid´e-um] (pl. clostri´dia) (L.)
any individual of the genus Clostridium.


Plural of clostridium.


members of the genus Clostridium.

enterotoxic clostridia
produce enterotoxins. See also enterotoxemia.
histotoxic clostridia
are invasive and cause extensive destruction of muscle and connective tissue and are characterized by the formation of gas. Include C. chauvoei, C. colinum, C. hemolyticum, C. novyi, C. perfringens type A and C, C. septicum and C. sordellii.
neurotoxic clostridia
produce neurotoxins. Include C. botulinum, C. tetani.