cam·​pylo·​bac·​ter ˌkam-pi-lō-ˈbak-tər How to pronounce campylobacter (audio)
: any of a genus (Campylobacter) of spirally curved motile gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria of which some are pathogenic in domestic animals and humans

Examples of campylobacter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Raw milk is far more likely than pasteurized milk to cause illnesses and hospitalizations linked to dangerous bacteria such as campylobacter, listeria, salmonella and E. coli, research shows. Jonel Aleccia, Fortune, 14 May 2024 Raw milk can carry bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli, listeria, and campylobacter, and was associated with 1,909 illnesses between 1993 and 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Matt Reynolds, WIRED, 3 May 2024 These diseases include bacterial infections like campylobacter and salmonella and parasitic infections like cryptosporidium, giardia and tapeworm. Symptoms can include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Katia Hetter, CNN, 29 Feb. 2024 Raw beef often contains harmful bacteria such as salmonella, campylobacter, listeria and E. coli - each of which can disrupt the body's digestive tract and cause foodborne illness. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2024 Common Types of Food Poisoning The norovirus is the most common type of food poisoning in the U.S. Salmonella, staphylococcus aureus (A.K.A. staph), Escherichia coli (E. coli), and campylobacter are also fairly common. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 11 Jan. 2024 Stomach flu can result from unclean food and water parasites and bacteria, such as E. coli, campylobacter, shigella, and Salmonella. Sofia Quaglia, Discover Magazine, 8 Dec. 2023 In the case of campylobacter, symptoms don't typically start to present themselves until two to five days after exposure, while salmonella can start wreaking havoc in as little as six hours, per the CDC. Elizabeth Bacharach, Women's Health, 29 Aug. 2023 The presence of campylobacter bacteria was found during an ordinary sample collection and analysis at a production facility. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 29 Aug. 2021

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of campylobacter was in 1964

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“Campylobacter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


cam·​py·​lo·​bac·​ter ˈkam-pə-lō-ˌbak-tər How to pronounce campylobacter (audio)
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
: any bacterium of the genus Campylobacter

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