What does listeria mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. listeria(noun)

    any species of the genus Listeria


  1. listeria(Noun)

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


  1. Listeria

    Listeria is a genus of bacteria that contains ten species. Named after the English pioneer of sterile surgery Joseph Lister, the genus received its current name in 1940. Listeria species are Gram-positive bacilli. The major human pathogen in the Listeria genus is L. monocytogenes. It is usually the causative agent of the relatively rare bacterial disease, listeriosis, a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria. The disease affects primarily pregnant women, newborns, adults with weakened immune systems, and the elderly. Listeriosis is a serious disease for humans; the overt form of the disease has a mortality rate of about 20 percent. The two main clinical manifestations are sepsis and meningitis. Meningitis is often complicated by encephalitis, a pathology that is unusual for bacterial infections. Listeria ivanovii is a pathogen of mammals, specifically ruminants, and has rarely caused listeriosis in humans.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Listeria

    A genus of bacteria which may be found in the feces of animals and man, on vegetation, and in silage. Its species are parasitic on cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals, including man.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of listeria in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of listeria in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Stan Stromberg:

    With an organism like listeria, you cannot do a visual inspection.

  2. Stan Stromberg:

    Once you identify where it is, listeria is relatively easy to control. But it's going to be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

  3. The CDC:

    Because listeria was recently found in raw milk produced by Miller's Organic Farm, we are concerned that contaminated raw milk and other raw dairy products from this company could still be on the market and make people sick.

  4. John Swartzberg:

    Listeria survives well at cool temperatures, most bacteria and fungi do not -- that's why we refrigerate. Healthy people are at low risk for disease, but it can happen. Those at greatest risk for disease are the elderly, immunocompromised and pregnant.

  5. Adrian Erlebacher:

    That is one of the most innovative ideas, in terms of microbes and the immune system, it’s not just listeria, but there are also viruses, fungi and parasites that have all been implicated in triggering stillbirth. There’s no way to treat women against all those different microbes, but here we’ve identified this pathway, and by circumventing this pathway associated with these infections, we can provide more uniform protection against stillbirth.

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