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Definition of Shigella

Shigella: A group of bacteria that can cause infantile gastroenteritis, summer diarrhea of childhood (a common cause of death for children in the mid-19th century), and various forms of dysentery, including epidemic and opportunistic bacillary dysentery.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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