Definition of listeria in English:

listeria

noun

  • 1A type of bacterium that infects humans and other warm-blooded animals through contaminated food.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, they are referring to salmonella, E. coli, listeria and other dangerous bacteria found in our food supply every day.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1informal Food poisoning or other disease caused by infection with listeria; listeriosis.
      • ‘Manure from factory farms has been linked to diseases such as E. coli, listeria, and cryptosporidium.’
      • ‘Of course, one would then run the risk of listeria and serious diseases like that.’

Origin

1940s: modern Latin, named after Joseph Lister(see Lister, Joseph).

Pronunciation:

listeria

/ləˈstirēə/