- any of several rod-shaped, aerobic, parasitic bacteria of the genus Listeria, pathogenic for humans and animals.
Origin of listeria
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- any rodlike Gram-positive bacterium of the genus Listeria, esp L. monocytogenes, the cause of listeriosis
C20: named after Joseph Lister
- 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.