Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various rod-shaped, gram-positive bacteria of the genus Listeria, which includes the causative agent of listeriosis.

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  • n. Any rod-shaped, gram-positive bacterium, of the genus Listeria, especially those responsible for listeriosis

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  • n. any species of the genus Listeria

Etymologies

New Latin Listeria, genus name, after Joseph Lister.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The recommendation is because of a food-borne bug by the name of listeria monocytogenes which causes an uncommon but potentially fatal disease called listeriosis.

    CDC: Over 50? Heat cold cuts to 165 degrees to avoid listeria

  • Maple Leaf CEO's memos to workers give glimpse of struggles with listeria Weeks before the word listeria became a common term across Canada, the company at the centre of it was struggling with "belt-tightening" amid a "massive change period," according to memos written by the head of Maple Leaf Foods.

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  • Maple Leaf CEO's memos to workers give glimpse of struggles with listeria Weeks before the word listeria became a common term across Canada, the company at the centre of it was struggling with "belt-tightening" amid a "massive change period," according to memos written by the head of Maple Leaf Foods. transcript Maple Leaf Michael McCain

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  • UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Things like ice cream or cheese, especially those that are unpasteurized, can carry a bacteria called listeria, which can be bad, particularly for pregnant women.

    CNN Transcript Oct 6, 2009

  • The name is not that important, but what it does, it basically controls a bacteria called listeria, which causes a disease called listeriosis.

    CNN Transcript Sep 19, 2006

  • Listeria's a very common bacteria, but there's one type called listeria monocytogenes that can be has hazardous to people, especially women who are pregnant, it can cause them to lose their child -- cause them to lose their baby, and people whose immunity is suppressed can also fall prey to this bacteria.

    CNN Transcript Feb 15, 2004

  • Most recently, a bacteria known as listeria has also been linked to pregnancy loss.

    Getting Pregnant

  • Listeria monocytogenes, commonly called listeria, is a bacterium that can be harmful to health.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Some foods contain a bacteria called listeria, which can cause a disease called listeriosis.

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  • Apparently the deli meats and hot dogs can harbor a potentially treacherous bacteria called listeria, while sleeping on your back can put dangerous pressure on a vein called the inferior vena cava.

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