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Structure and Physiology
This bacteria is a Gram positive, rod shaped aerobe. C. xerosis is referred to as a diptheriod because of its relation to C. diptheriae, the bacterium which causes diptheria.
Transmission and Disease
Mostly inocuous, C. xerosis is commonly found on human skin and has been known to cause opportunistic skin infections and endocarditis.
Because of its natural occurance on human skin, this bacteria is an excellent model for a variety of disinfectant and treated article testing.