Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[shi-gel-uh] /ʃɪˈgɛl ə/
noun, plural shigellae
[shi-gel-ee] /ʃɪˈgɛl i/ (Show IPA),
shigellas. Bacteriology.
any of several rod-shaped aerobic bacteria of the genus Shigella, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans and other warm-blooded animals.
Origin of shigella
< New Latin (1918), after Kiyoshi Shiga (1870-1957), Japanese scientist; see -ella Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for shigella


any rod-shaped Gram-negative bacterium of the genus Shigella; some species cause dysentery
Word Origin
C20: named after K. Shiga (1870–1957), Japanese bacteriologist, who discovered it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
shigella in Medicine

Shigella Shi·gel·la (shĭ-gěl'ə)
A genus of gram-negative, aerobic, nonmotile, rod-shaped bacteria that includes some species that cause dysentery in humans.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for shigella

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for shigella

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for shigella