Definition of salmonella
salmonellaeplay \-ˈne-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī\ or
: 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
Recent Examples of salmonella from the Web
Wilderness water can contain disease-causing agents such as giardia, E. coli and salmonella.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s pork page, eating uncooked or undercooked pork can lead to problems from trichinosis, E. coli, salmonella, listeria, yersiniosis and staphylococcal food poisoning.
Loving Pets has recalled some of its dog treats because they may be contaminated with salmonella, the company has announced.
Vox reports that a salmonella outbreak has affected more than 180 people across the country, and it's being spread by people getting affectionate with chickens.
And pet turtles and frogs (and occasionally dogs and cats) can carry salmonella bacteria on their skin and in their feces.
Salmonella lives in the intestinal tract of many different animals, and can also be passed from person to person.
In 2016, the country set a record, with 895 people getting sick with salmonella after interacting with the birds.
Rodents can also carry infections, such as hantavirus, salmonella and E.coli.
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Origin and Etymology of salmonella
New Latin, from Daniel E. Salmon †1914 American veterinarian
First Known Use: 1913See Words from the same year
SALMONELLA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of salmonella for English Language Learners
: a kind of bacteria that is sometimes in food and that makes people sick
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
2plural salmonellae \-ˈnel-ē\play or salmonellas or salmonella : any bacterium of the genus Salmonella
Biographical Note for salmonella
Salmon \ˈsam-ən\play ,
Daniel Elmer (1850–1914), American veterinarian. For the greater part of his career Salmon was associated with the United States Department of Agriculture, having joined the department to investigate diseases of domestic animals, especially Texas fever. He later founded and became chief of the Bureau of Animal Industry. In 1900 the genus Salmonella of bacteria was named after him.
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