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listeriosis

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noun, lis·te·ri·o·sis \lis-ˌtir-ē-ˈō-səs\

Definition of listeriosis

plural listeriosesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  a serious encephalitic disease of a wide variety of animals that is caused by a bacterium (Listeria monocytogenes) and that in animals is often fatal but in humans is usually not fatal



Origin of listeriosis

New Latin, from Listeria, from Joseph Lister


First Known Use: 1941


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listeriosis

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noun lis·te·ri·o·sis \(ˌ)lis-ˌtir-ē-ˈō-səs\

Medical Definition of listeriosis

plural listerioses also loses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. :  a serious disease of animals and humans that is caused by a bacterium of the genus Listeria (L. monocytogenes), that in animals causes severe encephalitis accompanied by disordered movements and is often fatal, that is contracted by humans especially from contaminated food (as processed meats or unpasteurized milk or cheese), that in otherwise healthy people typically takes the form of a mild flulike illness or has no noticeable symptoms, that in neonates, the elderly, and the immunocompromised often causes serious sometimes fatal illness with symptoms including meningitis and sepsis, and that in pregnant women usually causes only mild illness in the mother but often results in miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature birth—see circling disease



Variants of listeriosis

also listerellosis \ˌlis-tə-rə-ˈlō-səs\play

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