listeriosis

noun lis·te·ri·o·sis \ li-ˌstir-ē-ˈō-səs \

Definition of listeriosis

plural listerioses play \li-ˌstir-ē-ˈō-ˌsēz\
:a serious encephalitic disease of a wide variety of animals that is caused by a bacterium (Listeria monocytogenes) and that in animals is often fatal but in humans is usually not fatal

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Origin and Etymology of listeriosis

New Latin, from Listeria, from Joseph Lister


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listeriosis

noun lis·te·ri·o·sis \ (ˌ)lis-ˌtir-ē-ˈō-səs \
variants: also listerellosis play \ˌlis-tə-rə-ˈlō-səs\

medical Definition of listeriosis

plural listerioses also -loses play \-ˌsēz\
:a serious disease of animals and humans that is caused by a bacterium of the genus Listeria (L. monocytogenes), that in animals causes severe encephalitis accompanied by disordered movements and is often fatal, that is contracted by humans especially from contaminated food (as processed meats or unpasteurized milk or cheese), that in otherwise healthy people typically takes the form of a mild flulike illness or has no noticeable symptoms, that in neonates, the elderly, and the immunocompromised often causes serious sometimes fatal illness with symptoms including meningitis and sepsis, and that in pregnant women usually causes only mild illness in the mother but often results in miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature birth — see circling disease

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