noun, plural vib·ri·os. Bacteriology.
  1. 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 formsvib·ri·oid [vib-ree-oid] /ˈvɪb riˌɔɪd/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for vibrio

Contemporary Examples of vibrio

Historical Examples of vibrio

  • In the vibrio of acute septicmia this is the mode of generation.

    Louis Pasteur

    Ren Vallery-Radot

  • The longitudinal type characterises such genera as Vibrio, Filaria, Gordius, and all the annulate animals.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • Ear-cockle, a disease in wheat caused by the presence in the grain of worms belonging to the genus Vibrio.

  • Mller introduced the terms Monas, Proteus and Vibrio, which are still in use.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey

  • In two other genera of this family, Vibrio and Spirulna, the filaments are spiral.

British Dictionary definitions for vibrio


noun plural -os
  1. any curved or spiral rodlike Gram-negative bacterium of the genus Vibrio, including V. cholerae, which causes cholera: family Spirillaceae
Derived Formsvibrioid, adjective

Word Origin for vibrio

C19: from New Latin, from Latin vibrāre to vibrate
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vibrio in Medicine


  1. 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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