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)
vibrionicplay \ˌvi-brē-ˈä-nik\ adjective
Recent Examples of vibrio from the Web
About a 100 people a year die from vibrio infections, some within a day or two of becoming ill, the CDC said.
Physicians attributed the infection to vibrio vulnificus, with the infection exacerbated by existing liver damage.
Along with pathogens found in sewage — including bacteria such as E. coli, vibrio and salmonella — there are viruses and intestinal parasites that can cause everything from diarrhea to meningitis to respiratory infections.
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Origin and Etymology of vibrio
New Latin, Vibrion-, Vibrio, from Latin vibrare to wave
First Known Use: circa 1864
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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