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listeria

[li-steer-ee-uh]
noun Bacteriology.
  1. any of several rod-shaped, aerobic, parasitic bacteria of the genus Listeria, pathogenic for humans and animals.
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Origin of listeria

1960–65; < New Latin, named after J. Lister; see -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for listeria

listeria

noun
  1. any rodlike Gram-positive bacterium of the genus Listeria, esp L. monocytogenes, the cause of listeriosis
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Derived Formslisterial, adjective

Word Origin for listeria

C20: named after Joseph Lister
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listeria in Medicine

Listeria

(lĭ-stîrē-ə)
n.
  1. A genus of aerobic parasitic bacteria containing small, coccoid, gram-positive rods that tend to form chains of three to five members. They are found in the feces of humans and other animals, on vegetation, and in silage.
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