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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Health officials have warned residents in Connecticut to avoid fresh papaya sourced from Mexico after reports in the state and region of people getting sick with salmonella. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Health officials warning Connecticut residents not to eat fresh papaya from Mexico after reported cases of salmonella," 2 July 2019 Last year, a multistate salmonella outbreak — which included Michigan — was linked to kratom. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "Kratom: It's legal in Michigan and people are using it to get high. Here's what to know," 2 July 2019 Nestle Toll House's latest product is aimed at people who yearn to eat cookie dough but worry about salmonella and other illnesses. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Nestle Toll House develops cookie dough it says is safe to eat," 28 June 2019 Permits are required as young turtles are susceptible to carrying salmonella and pose health concerns. Fox News, "Malaysia authorities seize 5,255 tiny turtles and drugs at Kuala Lumpur airport," 26 June 2019 Exasperated beachgoers What’s at stake is not only addressing the concerns of beachgoers exposed to pathogens such as E. coli, Vibrio and salmonella. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trump EPA releases blueprint for stemming Tijuana River pollution that routinely fouls San Diego beaches," 10 June 2019 This is the 12th time since 2011 that the CDC has announced a salmonella outbreak tied to live poultry. Arman Azad, CNN, "Hundreds more reported ill in salmonella outbreaks tied to backyard poultry," 13 June 2019 It has been used for the detection of Ebola virus in West Africa, gene profiling of tumors, and quickly identifying the source of a salmonella outbreak, among others. Joshua Rapp Learn, National Geographic, "Handheld DNA tester can quickly identify illegal shark fins," 15 Apr. 2019 The city has conducted more than 513 interviews and taken stool samples, but the cause of the illness is still unknown, with tests having come back negative for E. coli, salmonella, and norovirus, according to the Dayton Daily News. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Over 600 People Got Sick After Eating at Chipotle," 10 Aug. 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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