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

  • n. Any of various short, motile, S-shaped or comma-shaped bacteria of the genus Vibrio, especially V. cholerae, which causes cholera.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several bacteria, of the genus Vibrio, shaped like a curved rod

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus or formgenus of Schizomycetes or bacteria, by some authorities regarded as the same as Spirillum.
  • n. [lowercase; pl. vibrios or vibriones (vib′ ri-ōz, vibri-ō′ nēz).] A member of this genus; a vibrion; a motile bacterium.
  • n. [lowercase] An animalcule like or mistaken for a bacterium, and misplaced in the genus Vibrio: an old name of some minute nematoids, as those species of Tylenchus which infest wheat and cause ear-cockles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. curved rodlike motile bacterium


New Latin Vibriō, genus name, from Latin vibrāre, to vibrate (from their vibratory motion); see vibrate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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