Definition of legionella in English:

legionella

Line breaks: le¦gion|ella
Pronunciation: /ˌliːdʒəˈnɛlə
 
/

noun (plural legionellae /-liː/)

[mass noun]
  • 1The bacterium which causes legionnaires' disease, flourishing in air conditioning and central heating systems: legionella could survive over a year inside pipes [count noun]: some legionellae are sensitive to this drug
    • Legionella pneumophila, a motile aerobic rod-shaped (or filamentous) Gram-negative bacterium
    More example sentences
    • The disease kills one in 10 of those who contract it and is caused by legionella bacteria.
    • Infection occurs from exposure to legionellae organisms in the environment.
    • The legionella was discovered in the showers, water basins and toilets during a routine inspection.
  • 1.1 informal Legionnaires' disease: whirlpool baths can trap water in the pump, risking legionella
    More example sentences
    • When antibiotics active against atypical pathogens were used, only pneumonia related to legionella showed a statistically significant improvement in outcome.
    • She stressed that the Health Board was satisfied, based on expert clinical advice and national protocols for managing legionella, that ‘there was and is no immediate danger to other patients, staff or visitors in the hospital’.

Origin

1970s: modern Latin, from legion + the diminutive suffix -ella.

More definitions of legionella

Definition of legionella in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kərf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw