noun (plural vibrios)Medicine
A waterborne bacterium of a group that includes some pathogenic kinds that cause cholera, gastroenteritis, and septicemia.
- Vibrio and related genera; motile Gram-negative bacteria occurring as curved flagellated rods
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- Current research in molecular biology is aimed at finding out why cholera vibrios are such potent pathogens.
- Cholera vibrios release a poison that damages the lining of the intestine so that it leaks fluids and salts, and as a result, the patient is intensely dehydrated.
- In a recent incident, a particularly virulent South American strain of the bacteria vibrio parahaemoliticus, a relative of cholera, was tied to more than 400 cases of serious human illness across 13 states.
modern Latin, from Latin vibrare 'vibrate'.
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