sal·​mo·​nel·​la | \ ˌsal-mə-ˈne-lə How to pronounce salmonella (audio) \
plural salmonellae\ ˌsal-​mə-​ˈne-​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce salmonellae (audio) , -​ˌlī \ or salmonellas or salmonella

Definition of salmonella

: any of a genus (Salmonella) of usually motile enterobacteria that are pathogenic for humans and other warm-blooded animals and cause food poisoning, gastrointestinal inflammation, typhoid fever, or septicemia

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Doing so can splash bacteria, such as salmonella, onto all of your kitchen surfaces, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Perfectly Prepare and Roast a Turkey This Thanksgiving," 20 Nov. 2018 Seven outbreaks – four salmonella, two E. coli, one listeria – since 2014 trace back to sprouts, according to the Centers for Disease Control. David J. Neal, charlotteobserver, "Nine things a food safety lawyer won’t eat, at home or in a restaurant," 6 July 2018 This week, General Mills recalled one particular variety of Gold Medal flour for possibly containing salmonella, according to a statement. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "General Mills Recalls Gold Medal Flour for Possible Salmonella Risk," 24 Jan. 2019 The latter discovery has forced meatpacking giant JBS SA to recall 12 million pounds of ground beef as salmonella sickened 333 people in 28 states. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Foodborne Illness Outbreaks in Spotlight as Technology Improves," 18 Dec. 2018 Far more telling is that a scientific analysis of processed and cooked kibble also showed that a bunch of it had listeria and salmonella in it. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "So You Want to Get Your Dog on a Raw-Foot Diet," 24 Apr. 2018 Electrodes pulse radio frequency waves through the shells, targeting the space between the white and yolk where salmonella dwells. Rebecca Huval, WIRED, "No Refrigeration Necessary: New Tech for Everlasting Shelf-Life," 7 Mar. 2018 Health officials have also been reminding people to properly handle and cook their Thanksgiving birds amid a widespread salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey. Candice Choi, The Seattle Times, "Americans, Canadians are warned not to eat romaine lettuce," 21 Nov. 2018 On November 8, the CDC released a new statement about an ongoing salmonella outbreak that began back in November 2017. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "A Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Turkey Has Spread to 35 States," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of salmonella

1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for salmonella

New Latin, from Daniel E. Salmon †1914 American veterinarian

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English Language Learners Definition of salmonella

: a kind of bacteria that is sometimes in food and that makes people sick


sal·​mo·​nel·​la | \ ˌsal-mə-ˈnel-ə How to pronounce salmonella (audio) \

Medical Definition of salmonella

1 capitalized : a genus of aerobic gram-negative rod-shaped nonspore-forming usually motile bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae that grow well on artificial media and form acid and gas on many carbohydrates but not on lactose, sucrose, or salicin, that are pathogenic for humans and other warm-blooded animals, and that cause food poisoning, acute gastrointestinal inflammation, typhoid fever, and septicemia
2 plural salmonellae\ -​ˈnel-​ē How to pronounce salmonellae (audio)\ or salmonellas or salmonella : any bacterium of the genus Salmonella

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