Definition of campylobacter in English:


Syllabification: cam·py·lo·bac·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈkampələˌbaktər, kamˈpilə-


  • A bacterium that sometimes causes abortion in animals and food poisoning in humans.
    • Genus Campylobacter: several species, in particular C. jejuni; curved or spiral Gram-negative bacteria
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    • The best known examples are the foodborne bacteria salmonella and campylobacter.
    • The problems are caused by salmonella and campylobacter, a bacteria found in raw meats that leads to fever and stomach upsets.
    • Results of infection by common bacteria such as salmonella, campylobacter and listeria can include vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, or even death.


1970s: modern Latin, from Greek kampulos 'bent' + bacterium.

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