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Acid fast, filamentous, mostly soil-dwelling bacteria some members of which are pathogenic causing most notably tuberculosis and leprosy (Hansen's disease).

Mycobacterium is a genus of bacteria that stain acid fast and typically are soil-dwelling, though in addition include the species that are the cause of tuberculosis and Hansen's disease, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium leprae, respectively.

See and Mycobacterium leprae as well as . Note that the term "mycobacteria" is used as a informal descriptor of members of genus Mycobacterium.