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A genus of non-motile, Gram-negative bacterial diplococci that are part of the normal flora of the mouth and the intestinal and respiratory tracts. Veillonella species have been isolated from plaque and have the ability to use lactic acid produced by other bacterial species to generate energy for growth. Veillonella alcalescens has been isolated from the flora of periodontal pockets and may be associated with the periodontal disease process.

Subjects: Dentistry — Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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