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

Examples of salmonella in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating a salmonella outbreak associated with Nékter Juice Bar in Woodbury. Zoë Jackson, Star Tribune, "Salmonella outbreak linked to Woodbury juice bar," 9 Oct. 2020 A year later, the agency used the power for the first time to shut down a peanut butter factory linked to salmonella poisoning that sickened 41 people. Amy Martyn, oregonlive, "17 deaths related to methanol-spiked hand sanitizer but FDA limited in actions," 6 Oct. 2020 The agency is warning that more salmonella poisonings are possible. Shelby Lin Erdman, CNN, "Peach recall expanding over possible salmonella contamination after 78 sickened in 12 states," 27 Aug. 2020 People infected with salmonella can develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps with the illness typically lasting four to seven days, according to the CDC. Allen Kim, CNN, "The CDC is investigating multistate salmonella outbreaks tied to pet hedgehogs and bearded dragons," 1 Oct. 2020 But several of the cases identified in this salmonella outbreak were people who ate ramen that contained the mushrooms. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "There’s a Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Mushrooms Served in Ramen," 25 Sep. 2020 The Honest Company Disinfecting Spray is an antibacterial spray that kills 99.9 percent of viruses, including influenza A, rhinovirus, e. coli, listeria, salmonella, MRSA, and more. Christina Butan,, "Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Disinfectant Spray Can Kill Coronavirus in 10 Minutes — and It’s on Amazon," 16 Sep. 2020 Those peaches could be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Bagged peaches sold at Aldi stores recalled for salmonella," 22 Aug. 2020 Don't cry: Cases are growing in a salmonella outbreak linked to onions. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Wildfires everywhere," 19 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of salmonella was in 1913

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26 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Salmonella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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