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listeria

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noun lis·te·ria \lis-ˈtir-ē-ə\

Medical Definition of listeria

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of small gram-positive flagellated rod-shaped bacteria that do not form spores, are aerobic or facultatively anaerobic, and have a tendency to grow in chains and that include one (L. monocytogenes) causing listeriosis

  2. 2:  any bacterium of the genus Listeria—called also listerella

listerial

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listeric

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