- a disease of wild and domestic mammals, birds, and occasionally of humans, caused by a bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes, and characterized by lack of control of movement, paralysis, fever, and monocytosis.
Also lis·te·ri·a·sis [lis-tuh-ree-uh-sis] /ˌlɪs təˈri ə sɪs/.
Origin of listeriosis
Also called circling disease.
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- a serious form of food poisoning, caused by bacteria of the genus Listeria . Its symptoms can include meningitis and in pregnant women it may cause damage to the fetus
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- A bacterial disease caused by Listeria monocytogenes, affecting wild and domestic animals and occasionally humans and characterized by fever, meningitis, and encephalitis.