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listeria Line breaks: lis|teria
Pronunciation: /lɪˈstɪərɪə/

Definition of listeria in English:


[mass noun]
1A type of bacterium which infects humans and other warm-blooded animals through contaminated food.
Example sentences
  • Of course, they are referring to salmonella, E. coli, listeria and other dangerous bacteria found in our food supply every day.
  • Droppings carry potentially dangerous bacteria such as listeria and salmonella that can cause a range of illnesses including meningitis, pneumonia and lung damage.
  • Droppings carry potentially dangerous bacteria like listeria and salmonella that can cause a range of illnesses including meningitis.
1.1 informal Food poisoning or other disease caused by infection with listeria; listeriosis.
Example sentences
  • Of course, one would then run the risk of listeria and serious diseases like that.
  • Manure from factory farms has been linked to diseases such as E. coli, listeria, and cryptosporidium.


1940s: modern Latin, named after Joseph Lister (see Lister, Joseph).

Words that rhyme with listeria

Algeria, anterior, bacteria, Bashkiria, cafeteria, criteria, cryptomeria, diphtheria, exterior, hysteria, Iberia, inferior, interior, Liberia, Nigeria, posterior, Siberia, superior, ulterior, wisteria

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