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Bacille Calmette-Guerin
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An attenuated strain of Mycobacterium bovis used in the preparation of BCG vaccine that is used for immunization against tuberculosis and in cancer chemotherapy. Extracts of the bacterium have remarkable powers in stimulation of lymphocytes and leucocytes and are used in adjuvants.

Synonyms: Calmette-Guerin bacillus.

Acronym: BCG

Origin: Fr.

(05 Mar 2000)

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