vibrio

noun
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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Other Words from vibrio

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

Examples of vibrio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even with oysters from colder northern waters, which are lower in vibrio, there are compelling reasons to consider grilling them in the summer. New York Times, 21 June 2021 The risk of developing a life-threatening infection is very low, but people with cuts or open wounds should take caution when going in brackish, warm water where bacteria like vibrio are more common. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 2 Aug. 2019 Doctors began treating him for vibrio necrotizing fasciitis with antibiotics, fluids and painkillers, according to the newspaper. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, 18 July 2019 The report notes that some pathogens are proliferating in warmer waters, including vibrio, a bacteria that can infect oysters and other shellfish, and that already sickens some 80,000 Americans who eat raw or undercooked seafood each year. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Sep. 2019 King had contracted vibrio, a bacteria commonly found in warm, brackish water – a mix of salt and fresh water. CBS News, 4 July 2019 The report notes that some pathogens are proliferating in warmer waters, including vibrio, a bacteria that can infect oysters and other shellfish, and that already sickens some 80,000 Americans who eat raw or undercooked seafood each year. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Sep. 2019 There are several vibrio species that infect humans, but the deadly kind, V. vulnificus, is usually contracted when an open wound comes into contact with coastal salt water. NBC News, 17 June 2019 The report notes that some pathogens are proliferating in warmer waters, including vibrio, a bacteria that can infect oysters and other shellfish, and that already sickens some 80,000 Americans who eat raw or undercooked seafood each year. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of vibrio was circa 1864

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4 Jul 2021

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“Vibrio.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vibrio. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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vibrio

noun
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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