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View in Spanish: Clostridium difficile

Clostridium difficile (klah-STRIH-dee-um dih-FIS-ih-lee)
A type of bacterium found in human and animal waste. is a common cause of diarrhea that occurs in hospitals. It can also cause diarrhea or other intestinal disorders in patients treated with antibiotics.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.