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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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 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention connected a multi-state salmonella outbreak last year to pet turtles. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Painted baby turtles perplex customs officers at Dulles airport," 24 Sep. 2018 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. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "The CDC Is Warning People Not to Cuddle Their Pet Chickens After a Series of Salmonella Outbreaks," 8 June 2017 Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain that begins 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. Debra Goldschmidt, CNN, "FDA warns consumers in 10 more states not to eat cut melon due to salmonella," 14 June 2018 An Asheville, North Carolina company on Friday night became the latest to recall supplements containing kratom, a Southeast Asian herb, after government tests showed the presence of salmonella. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Salmonella tainted these herbal supplement products and sickened 130 nationwide | Charlotte Observer," 19 May 2018 Those with salmonella often develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 72 hours of infection. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Salmonella outbreak in Newton County hospitalizes 4, affects at least 70," 17 May 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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