sal·​mo·​nel·​la | \ ˌsal-mə-ˈne-lə How to pronounce salmonella (audio) \
plural salmonellae\ ˌsal-​mə-​ˈne-​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce salmonella (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 Last month, 862,000 pounds of uncured antipasto products were recalled for possible salmonella contamination that caused sickness to people across 17 states. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2021 Fratelli Beretta USA is recalling about 862,000 pounds of uncured antipasto meat trays because of possible salmonella contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) announced late Friday. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 29 Aug. 2021 Labs across the country ruled out several causes, including the bacterial infection mycoplasma, salmonella and other diseases. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Aug. 2021 Avanti Frozen Foods is significantly expanding a frozen shrimp recall originally issued in June due to potential salmonella contamination. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 18 Aug. 2021 McCormick & Company is recalling three of its seasonings because of potential salmonella contamination. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 29 July 2021 You’ll also be protected from E. coli, salmonella, and other bacteria. Chris Hachey, BGR, 7 June 2021 Today, human challenges conducted under the supervision of institutional review boards are routinely used to research diseases such as influenza, malaria, cholera, salmonella, shigellosis and norovirus. WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 Severe symptoms of salmonella, according to the CDC, include: Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102 degrees. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 29 Aug. 2021

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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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15 Oct 2021

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“Salmonella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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 salmonella (audio) \ or salmonellas or salmonella : any bacterium of the genus Salmonella

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