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Definition of Mycobacterium avium

Mycobacterium avium: A slow-growing bacterium found in the soil and in dust particles that causes tuberculosis in birds and swine and is responsible for the mycobacterium avian complex (MAC) in humans. See: Mycobacterium avian complex.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 10/9/2012

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