campylobacter

noun
cam·pylo·bac·ter | \ˌkam-pi-lō-ˈbak-tər, kam-ˌpi-lə-\

Definition of campylobacter 

: any of a genus (Campylobacter) of spirally curved motile gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria of which some are pathogenic in domestic animals and humans

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Sokalski said the organisms doctors are most concerned about this time of year are salmonella, shigella, campylobacter jejuni, E.coli 0157:H7 and norovirus. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Raw meat, unwashed produce and contaminated kitchen towels can lead to food poisoning," 20 June 2018 Egert did not find the common bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses, such as salmonella, E. coli and campylobacter. Alice Park, Time, "You Should Throw Away Your Germy Kitchen Sponge Immediately. Here’s How to Wash Your Dishes Instead," 27 Apr. 2018 One gram of dog poop can contain up to 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, and dog poop is also a common carrier of whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, parvo, coronavirus, giardia, salmonella, cryptosporidium, and campylobacter. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "It’s Time to Talk About Dog Poop," 27 Mar. 2018 In many cases, food poisoning is caused by bacteria—such as salmonella, E. coli, or campylobacter—that’s lurking in undercooked meat or contaminated produce. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "12 Reasons You Might Have Cramps That Have Nothing to Do With Your Period," 27 Mar. 2018 The drug-resistant campylobacter infections sickened 113 people from 17 states between Jan. 12, 2016 and Jan. 7, 2018, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Petland sold sick, worm-infested puppies, lawsuit claims," 19 Mar. 2018 Unclean coops can help spread diseases such as salmonella, histoplasmosis and campylobacter infection to humans. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "University Heights City Council considers allowing backyard chickens," 21 Feb. 2018 The campylobacter illnesses began on Sept. 15, 2016, and the most recent case was reported on Sept. 1. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Petland puppy poop giving humans serious diarrhea," 11 Sep. 2017 Twelve of the campylobacter victims are Petland employees from stores in four states. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Petland puppy poop giving humans serious diarrhea," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of campylobacter

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for campylobacter

New Latin, from Greek kampylos bent + New Latin bacterium; akin to Greek kampē bend — more at gambit

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campylobacter

noun
cam·py·lo·bac·ter | \ˈkam-pə-lō-ˌbak-tər \

Medical Definition of campylobacter 

1 capitalized : a genus of slender spirally curved rod bacteria of the family Spirillaceae that are gram-negative, microaerophilic, and motile with a characteristic motion resembling a corkscrew, that do not form spores, and that include forms formerly included in the genus Spirillum or Vibrio of which some are pathogenic for domestic animals or humans — see helicobacter

2 : any bacterium of the genus Campylobacter

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