Definition of campylobacter in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkampɪləʊˌbaktə//ˌkampɪləʊˈbaktə/


  • A bacterium which may cause abortion in animals and food poisoning in humans.

    Genus Campylobacter: several species; curved or spiral Gram-negative bacteria

    • ‘There was no significant difference between the levels of campylobacter and salmonella in domestically-produced and imported chickens.’
    • ‘There's a good chance that the meat we use in the kitchen is infected with harmful bacteria such as campylobacter.’
    • ‘There is a greater risk of food poisoning through salmonella and campylobacter if the food is then not properly cooked, with the elderly and young being particularly vulnerable.’
    • ‘The problems are caused by salmonella and campylobacter, a bacteria found in raw meats that leads to fever and stomach upsets.’
    • ‘Results of infection by common bacteria such as salmonella, campylobacter and listeria can include vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, or even death.’
    • ‘The best known examples are the foodborne bacteria salmonella and campylobacter.’


1970s: modern Latin, from Greek kampulos ‘bent’ + bacterium.