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[li-steer-ee-uh] /lɪˈstɪər i ə/
noun, Bacteriology.
any of several rod-shaped, aerobic, parasitic bacteria of the genus Listeria, pathogenic for humans and animals.
Origin of listeria
1960-65; < New Latin, named after J. Lister; see -ia Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for listeria


any rodlike Gram-positive bacterium of the genus Listeria, esp L. monocytogenes, the cause of listeriosis
Derived Forms
listerial, adjective
Word Origin
C20: named after Joseph Lister
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listeria in Medicine

Listeria Lis·te·ri·a (lĭ-stēr'ē-ə)
A genus of aerobic parasitic bacteria containing small, coccoid, gram-positive rods that tend to form chains of three to five members. They are found in the feces of humans and other animals, on vegetation, and in silage.

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