sal·​mo·​nel·​la | \ˌsal-mə-ˈne-lə \
plural salmonellae\ˌsal-​mə-​ˈne-​(ˌ)lē, -​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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For most otherwise healthy adults, a salmonella infection isn't particularly serious. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What You Need to Know About the Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Turkey Products," 12 Nov. 2018 Salmonellosis, the infection from salmonella bacteria, causes diarrhea, fever and cramps. Josh Beckerman, WSJ, "Conagra Recalls Certain Duncan Hines Cake Mixes," 5 Nov. 2018 The symptoms of listeria and salmonella may be similar—and similarly unpleasant. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Corn in Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Salads Recalled Over Listeria and Salmonella Concerns," 18 Oct. 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned consumers about eating a popular cereal because of salmonella cases in multiple states. Shelia Poole, ajc, "Kellogg’s recalls “Honey Smacks” over salmonella concerns," 13 July 2018 The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show at least 70 people in seven states have been sickened by salmonella infections linked to pre-cut melons. CBS News, "How to protect your family from foodborne illness outbreaks," 20 June 2018 In rare cases, salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Salmonella outbreak tied to melons sold at Costco stores, including several in Wisconsin," 19 June 2018 Today, Noah is 5 and is still coping with the effects of his salmonella infection. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Family Wins $1.9 Million Lawsuit After Salmonella Infected From Chicken Almost Kills Toddler," 15 June 2018 Precut melon has been recalled due to a multistate outbreak of salmonella infections, according to the CDC. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Where recalled melons were sold in Indiana," 15 June 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 \

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 \ or salmonellas or salmonella : any bacterium of the genus Salmonella

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