'Sputum, SEM'

'Sputum, SEM'

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Caption: Sputum of yellow color produced by an elderly man at at peak of his severe cold was fixed in glutaraldehyde, dehydrated in ethanol, and critical-point dried. The structure varied from knotty fibers to round and oval particles (bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus) to ornamented flat sheets of similar dimensions (most probably epithelial cells). Enhanced SEM. Image width: 214 micrometers. Magnification: 467x if the image is printed 10 cm wide.

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Keywords: bacteria, bacterial, cold, discharge, disease, diseased, electron microscopy, epithelial cells, expectoration, infection, infectious, magnified, medical, medicine, microscopic, mucus, pathology, phlegm, scanning electron microscopy, sem epithelial cell, sputum, staphylococcus, staphylococcus aureus

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