Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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Mycobacterium tuberculosis
M. tuberculosis bacterial colonies
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Actinobacteria
Order: Actinomycetales
Suborder: Corynebacterineae
Family: Mycobacteriaceae
Genus: Mycobacterium
Species: M. tuberculosis
Binomial name
Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Zopf 1883

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is bacterium that causes tuberculosis. M. tuberculosis then known as the "tubercle bacillus," was first described on March 24, 1882 by Robert Koch, the bacterium is also known as Koch's bacillus. This disease is spread by the air and from getting coughed or sneezed on by an infected patient.