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View in Spanish: Bacilo Calmette-Guérin

Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (buh-SIH-lus KAL-met GAY-ran)
A weakened form of the bacterium (bacillus Calmette-Guérin) that does not cause disease. Bacillus Calmette-Guérin is used in a solution to stimulate the immune system in the treatment of bladder cancer and as a vaccine to prevent tuberculosis. Also called BCG.

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