One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A waterborne bacterium of a group that includes some pathogenic kinds that cause cholera, gastroenteritis, and septicemia.
- ‘In a recent incident, a particularly virulent South American strain of the bacteria vibrio parahaemoliticus, a relative of cholera, was tied to more than 400 cases of serious human illness across 13 states.’
- ‘It normally lives in warm seawater and is part of a group of vibrios that are called ‘halophilic’ because they require salt.’
- ‘Current research in molecular biology is aimed at finding out why cholera vibrios are such potent pathogens.’
- ‘The main causes are pathogenic bacteria, such as enterotoxin e. coli, campylobacter jejuni, shigella, salmonella and vibrio, that enter the body from contaminated food and drinking water.’
- ‘Cholera vibrios release a poison that damages the lining of the intestine so that it leaks fluids and salts, and as a result, the patient is intensely dehydrated.’
Modern Latin, from Latin vibrare ‘vibrate’.
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