listeria

noun
lis·​te·​ria | \ li-ˈstir-ē-ə How to pronounce listeria (audio) \
plural listeria

Definition of listeria

: any of a genus (Listeria) of small, gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria that do not form spores and have a tendency to grow in chains and that include one (Listeria monocytogenes) that causes listeriosis A common germ found in many foods from raw vegetables to hot dogs, listeria can cause a sometimes fatal disease called listeriosis when present in large quantities.— Amy Barrett also : a disease or sickness caused by infection with this bacterium : listeriosis Listeria symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. — Sierra Brown

Examples of listeria in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The potential for listeria contamination was discovered through routine testing done by the company, according to the announcement. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Velvet Ice Cream Recall Issued For Potential Listeria Contamination," 28 Apr. 2021 For mild listeria infections or infections without symptoms, treatment may not be necessary. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Trader Joe’s Edamame Recalled in 4 States for Possible Listeria Contamination," 18 Dec. 2020 The ice cream was linked to 10 listeria cases in four states and resulted in three deaths in Kansas. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "Former Blue Bell Creameries CEO faces charges in connection with alleged listeria contamination coverup," 21 Oct. 2020 Those who get sick with invasive listerosis usually report symptoms one week to a month after eating food contaminated with listeria. Brooke Baitinger, sun-sentinel.com, "Listeria outbreak kills 1 person in Florida and sickens 10 others," 23 Oct. 2020 In April 2015, the beloved ice cream brand, whose flavors include Bride’s Cake and Moo-llennium Crunch, was forced to issue its first recall in 108 years after its products were linked to listeria cases in four states, including Texas. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Texas' Blue Bell Creameries hit with $17.25 million fine for 2015 listeria contamination," 18 Sep. 2020 Lightly Salted Edamame is being recalled in four states for possible listeria contamination. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Trader Joe’s Edamame Recalled in 4 States for Possible Listeria Contamination," 18 Dec. 2020 People with listeria infections tend to have fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, and nausea. Sara Chodosh, Popular Science, "Everything you need to know about deadly listeria outbreaks," 26 Oct. 2020 But listeria cases aren’t limited to the outbreaks that make national news. Sara Chodosh, Popular Science, "Everything you need to know about deadly listeria outbreaks," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of listeria

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for listeria

New Latin, from Listeria, from Joseph Lister

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“Listeria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/listeria. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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listeria

noun
lis·​te·​ria | \ lis-ˈtir-ē-ə How to pronounce listeria (audio) \

Medical Definition of listeria

1 capitalized : a genus of small gram-positive flagellated rod-shaped bacteria that do not form spores, are aerobic or facultatively anaerobic, and have a tendency to grow in chains and that include one (L. monocytogenes) causing listeriosis
2 : any bacterium of the genus Listeria

called also listerella

Other Words from listeria

listerial \ lis-​ˈtir-​ē-​əl How to pronounce listeria (audio) \ adjective
listeric \ -​ik How to pronounce listeria (audio) \ adjective

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