[ li-steer-ee-oh-sis ]
/ lɪˌstɪər iˈoʊ sɪs /

noun, plural lis·te·ri·o·ses [li-steer-ee-oh-seez] /lɪˌstɪər iˈoʊ siz/. Veterinary Pathology.

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.



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Also lis·te·ri·a·sis [lis-tuh-ree-uh-sis] /ˌlɪs təˈri ə sɪs/.
Also called circling disease.

Origin of listeriosis

First recorded in 1940–45; listeri(a) + -osis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for listeriosis

/ (lɪˌstɪərɪˈəʊsɪs) /


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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Medical definitions for listeriosis

[ lĭ-stîr′ē-ōsĭs ]


A bacterial disease caused by Listeria monocytogenes, affecting wild and domestic animals and occasionally humans and characterized by fever, meningitis, and encephalitis.
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