maltophilia versus multophilia

Quixote quixote at
Tue Apr 4 02:36:20 EST 2000

Hello.  I am a medical transcriptionist who recently ran into something 
new today and am looking for some clarification.  I have used the 
spelling maltophilia for organisms such as Stenotrophomonas maltophilia 
and Pseudomonas maltophilia, etc.  Today I had a doctor spell out 
Stenotrophomonas "multophilia".  I thought it a fluke as I daily get 
misspellings from doctors but decided to web search anyway and lo and 
behold I got some hits.  My questions would be (1) is this an alternate 
spelling of the same organism, (2) is one of these spellings actually 
incorrect, or (3) is this a different organism from maltophilia? Any help 
would be greatly appreciated and would help to keep accuracy in patient's 
medical records.   


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