Definition of listeria in English:

listeria

Line breaks: lis|teria
Pronunciation: /lɪˈstɪərɪə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1A type of bacterium which infects humans and other warm-blooded animals through contaminated food.
    • Listeria monocytogenes; motile aerobic Gram-positive rods
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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