vib·​rio | \ ˈvi-brē-ˌō How to pronounce vibrio (audio) \
plural vibrios

Definition of vibrio

: any of a genus (Vibrio) of short rigid motile bacteria that are straight or curved rods and include pathogens causing especially gastrointestinal diseases (such as cholera)

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vibrionic \ ˌvi-​brē-​ˈä-​nik How to pronounce vibrionic (audio) \ adjective

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The spot doubled in size during his stay and was later identified as necrotizing fasciitis, which is a rare bacterial infection that spreads quickly and is caused by the presence of bacteria known as vibrio vulnificus. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Woman says dad died in Florida after contracting flesh-eating bacteria," 15 July 2019 Wiygul said that the hospital conducted tests which confirmed that her father had in fact contracted vibrio vulnificus which manifested into necrotizing fasciitis. Fox News, "Florida woman says dad died of flesh-eating bacteria less than 48 hours after entering water," 13 July 2019 According to the Centers for Disease Control, vibrio causes an estimated 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths in the U.S. every year. Leada Gore |,, "Tennessee man dies from flesh-eating bacteria after Destin trip," 12 July 2019 The diagnosis was necrotizing fasciitis, which is a rare bacterial infection that spreads quickly and is caused by the presence of bacteria known as vibrio vulnificus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Central Florida woman contracts flesh-eating bacteria: report," 9 July 2019 Never Take Anything Lightly’ The agency estimates that one in seven people who contract vibrio vulnificus die, and that there are about 205 infections in the U.S. each year. Rachel Desantis,, "Flesh-Eating Bacteria Spreads to East Coast Beaches, Infecting People Crabbing in Delaware Bay," 19 June 2019 Although doctors have seen some variation in vibrio infections from year to year, the general increase in cases is not surprising. NBC News, "Is climate change to blame for a rise in 'flesh-eating' bacteria cases? Doctors say yes," 17 June 2019 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that variations of vibrio can be found in brackish or salt water. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Man contracts flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing, could lose arms, legs," 10 July 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 80,000 people in the U.S. become ill from vibrio vulnificus infections each year, resulting in 100 deaths annually. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Raw Seafood Reportedly Led to Amputation for One Man," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of vibrio

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vibrio

New Latin, Vibrion-, Vibrio, from Latin vibrare to wave

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vib·​rio | \ ˈvib-rē-ō How to pronounce vibrio (audio) \

Medical Definition of vibrio

1 capitalized : a genus of short rigid motile bacteria of the family Vibrionaceae that are straight or curved rods, have one or sometimes two or three polar flagella enclosed in a sheath, and include various saprophytes and a few pathogens (as V. cholerae, the cause of cholera in humans)
2 : any bacterium of the genus Vibrio broadly : a curved rod-shaped bacterium

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