One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A type of bacterium which infects humans and other warm-blooded animals through contaminated food.
- ‘Results of infection by common bacteria such as salmonella, campylobacter and listeria can include vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, or even death.’
- ‘Bacteria such as listeria and salmonella can be dangerous to the unborn baby.’
- ‘Of course, they are referring to salmonella, E. coli, listeria and other dangerous bacteria found in our food supply every day.’
- ‘Droppings carry potentially dangerous bacteria like listeria and salmonella that can cause a range of illnesses including meningitis.’
- ‘Droppings carry potentially dangerous bacteria such as listeria and salmonella that can cause a range of illnesses including meningitis, pneumonia and lung damage.’
- 1.1informal Food poisoning or other disease caused by infection with listeria; listeriosis.
- ‘Of course, one would then run the risk of listeria and serious diseases like that.’
- ‘Manure from factory farms has been linked to diseases such as E. coli, listeria, and cryptosporidium.’
1940s: modern Latin, named after Joseph Lister (see Lister, Joseph).
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