[ vib-ree-oh ]
/ ˈvɪb riˌoʊ /

noun, plural vib·ri·os. Bacteriology.

any of several comma- or S-shaped bacteria of the genus Vibrio, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans and other animals.

Origin of vibrio

< New Latin (1854), equivalent to Latin vibr(āre) to shake + -iō noun suffix

Related forms

vib·ri·oid [vib-ree-oid] /ˈvɪb riˌɔɪd/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vibrio


/ (ˈvɪbrɪˌəʊ) /

noun plural -os

any curved or spiral rodlike Gram-negative bacterium of the genus Vibrio, including V. cholerae, which causes cholera: family Spirillaceae

Derived Forms

vibrioid, adjective

Word Origin for vibrio

C19: from New Latin, from Latin vibrāre to vibrate
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Medicine definitions for vibrio


[ vĭbrē-ō ]


A genus of gram-negative, motile, S-shaped or comma-shaped bacteria some species of which are saprophytes in salt and fresh water and in soil, while others are parasites or pathogens.
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