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  1. Clostridium tetani

    Clostridium tetani is a common soil bacterium and the causative agent of tetanus. Vegetative cells of Clostridium tetani are usually rod-shaped and up to 2.5 μm long, but they become enlarged and tennis racket- or drumstick-shaped when forming spores. C. tetani spores are extremely hardy and can be found globally in soil or in the gastrointestinal tract of animals. If inoculated into a wound, C. tetani can grow and produce a potent toxin, tetanospasmin, which interferes with motor neurons, causing tetanus. The toxin's action can be prevented with tetanus toxoid vaccines, which are often administered to children worldwide.


  1. Clostridium tetani

    Clostridium tetani is a box-car shaped, anaerobic bacterium of the genus species Clostridium. Like other Clostridium genus species, it is Gram-positive, and its appearance on a gram stain resembles tennis rackets or drumsticks. C. tetani is found as spores in soil or in the gastrointestinal tract of animals. C. tetani produces a potent biological toxin, tetanospasmin, and is the causative agent of tetanus, a disease characterized by painful muscular spasms that can lead to respiratory failure and, in up to 40% of cases, death.

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  1. Clostridium tetani

    The cause of TETANUS in humans and domestic animals. It is a common inhabitant of human and horse intestines as well as soil. Two components make up its potent exotoxin activity, a neurotoxin and a hemolytic toxin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clostridium tetani in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clostridium tetani in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  • clostridio tetanicoItalian
  • ಕ್ಲೋಸ್ಟ್ರಿಡಿಯಮ್ ಟೆಟಾನಿKannada
  • 破伤风梭菌Chinese

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