/ (ˌkæmpɪləʊˈbæktə) /


a rod-shaped bacterium that causes infections in cattle and man. Unpasteurized milk infected with campylobacter is a common cause of gastroenteritis

Word Origin for campylobacter

from Greek kampulos bent + bacter (ium)
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Medicine definitions for campylobacter


[ kămpə-lō-băk′tər ]


A genus of motile bacteria containing gram-negative, nonsporeforming, spirally curved rods with a single polar flagellum at one or both ends of the cell; certain species can cause illness in humans.
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