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[vib-ree-oh] /ˈvɪb riˌoʊ/
noun, plural vibrios. Bacteriology.
any of several comma- or S -shaped bacteria of the genus Vibrio, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans and other animals.
Origin of vibrio
< New Latin (1854), equivalent to Latin vibr(āre) to shake + -iō noun suffix
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[vib-ree-oid] /ˈvɪb riˌɔɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -os
any curved or spiral rodlike Gram-negative bacterium of the genus Vibrio, including V. cholerae, which causes cholera: family Spirillaceae
Derived Forms
vibrioid, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Latin vibrāre to vibrate
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Vibrio Vib·ri·o (vĭb'rē-ō)
A genus of gram-negative, motile, S-shaped or comma-shaped bacteria some species of which are saprophytes in salt and fresh water and in soil, while others are parasites or pathogens.

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