cam·​pylo·​bac·​ter | \ ˌkam-pi-lō-ˈbak-tər How to pronounce campylobacter (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web In additional lab experiments, the scientists injected raw chicken breast fillets with a cocktail of campylobacter and salmonella. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Your Chicken Is No Longer Pink. That Doesn’t Mean It’s Safe to Eat.," 1 May 2020 Raw, unpasteurized milk can harbor germs like listeria, salmonella, campylobacter or cryptosporidium. Rachel Meltzer Warren, New York Times, "The Foods to Avoid When You’re Pregnant," 17 Apr. 2020 The Humane Society said its undercover investigator became ill with campylobacter after contact with Petland’s puppies. Briana Rice,, "Florence Petland a 'trifecta of horrors,' Humane Society says; store fires back," 14 Nov. 2019 Health officials have been working to lower rates of campylobacter, which is the most common cause of food poisoning in the country. Washington Post, "UK worries Brexit could bring ‘chlorinated chicken’ from US," 9 Sep. 2019 Digestive illnesses Heat is linked with higher risks for salmonella and campylobacter outbreaks. Emily Holden, Scientific American, "Climate Change Is Having Widespread Health Impacts," 16 Sep. 2019 Officials have been working to fight campylobacter, the most common cause of food poisoning in Britain., "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 9 Sep. 2019 Another type of bacteria, campylobacter, is also found on raw or under-cooked poultry, and accounts for about 1.3 million illnesses every year. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Washing raw chicken won't clean it, but it could make you sick," 20 Aug. 2019 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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cam·​py·​lo·​bac·​ter | \ ˈkam-pə-lō-ˌbak-tər How to pronounce campylobacter (audio) \

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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