ce·​re·​us | \ ˈsir-ē-əs How to pronounce cereus (audio) \
plural cereus also cereuses

Definition of cereus

: any of various cacti (as of the genus Cereus) of the western U.S. and tropical America

Examples of cereus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, rice isn't the only food that Bacillus cereus or other bacteria can grow in. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Aug. 2022 The problem is that uncooked rice can have spores of Bacillus cereus, which is a bacterium that can cause food poisoning. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Aug. 2022 Testing revealed that the medicine could also contain high levels of yeast and mold in addition to Bacillus cereus, according to the FDA. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 13 June 2022 Samples of the allergy remedy were tested and traces of Bacillus cereus were found. Chris Smith, BGR, 9 June 2022 Allergy Bee Gone for Kids tested positive for traces of Bacillus cereus, which can lead to life-threatening illnesses in some people. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 13 June 2022 Furthermore, the samples also tested positive for the Bacillus cereus bacteria. Chris Smith, BGR, 9 June 2022 And the company initiated the recall after discovering the presence of a bacteria (Bacillus cereus) in a bottle from that lot. Andy Meek, BGR, 25 Feb. 2022 The announcement for this wound care gel recall explains that patients who use the product risk developing an infection with the Bacillus cereus bacteria. Andy Meek, BGR, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cereus

1731, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cereus

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, wax candle, from cera wax — more at cerumen

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14 Sep 2022

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“Cereus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cereus. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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