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salmonella

[sal-muh-nel-uh] /ˌsæl məˈnɛl ə/
noun, plural salmonellae
[sal-muh-nel-ee] /ˌsæl məˈnɛl i/ (Show IPA).
Bacteriology
1.
any of several rod-shaped, facultatively anaerobic bacteria of the genus Salmonella, as S. typhosa, that may enter the digestive tract of humans and other mammals in contaminated food and cause abdominal pains and violent diarrhea.
Origin
< Neo-Latin (1900), after Daniel E. Salmon (1850-1914), U.S. pathologist; see -ella
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British Dictionary definitions for salmonellae

salmonella

/ˌsælməˈnɛlə/
noun (pl) -lae (-ˌliː)
1.
any Gram-negative rod-shaped aerobic bacterium of the genus Salmonella, including S. typhosa, which causes typhoid fever, and many species (notably S. enteritidis) that cause food poisoning (salmonellosis): family Enterobacteriaceae
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, named after Daniel E. Salmon (1850–1914), US veterinary surgeon
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Word Origin and History for salmonellae
salmonella
1913, the genus name, coined 1900 in Mod.L. by J. Lignières in reference to U.S. veterinary surgeon Daniel E. Salmon (1850-1914), who isolated a type of the bacteria in 1885.
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salmonellae in Medicine

salmonella sal·mo·nel·la (sāl'mə-něl'ə)
n. pl. sal·mo·nel·lae (-něl'ē) or sal·mo·nel·las or salmonella
Any of various gram-negative, rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Salmonella, many of which are pathogenic, causing food poisoning, typhoid, and paratyphoid fever in humans and other infectious diseases in domestic animals.

Salmonella n.
A genus of aerobic to facultatively anaerobic gram-negative bacteria that are pathogenic in humans and animals.

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salmonellae in Science
salmonella
  (sāl'mə-něl'ə)   
Plural salmonellae (sāl'mə-něl'ē) or salmonellas
Any of various gram-negative, rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Salmonella that cause food poisoning and typhoid fever in humans and other mammals.
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salmonellae in Culture
salmonella [(sal-muh-nel-uh)]

A category of bacteria that occurs in many pathogenic forms. One kind causes typhoid fever; there is evidence that other kinds cause various forms of food poisoning.

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