listeria [li-steer-ee-uh] Word Origin noun Bacteriology.
- any of several rod-shaped, aerobic, parasitic bacteria of the genus Listeria, pathogenic for humans and animals.
Origin of listeria 1960–65; New Latin, named after J.; see British Dictionary definitions for listeria listeria noun
- any rodlike Gram-positive bacterium of the genus Listeria, esp L. monocytogenes, the cause of listeriosis
Derived Formslisterial, adjectiveWord Origin for listeria C20: named after Joseph Lister listeria in Medicine Listeria [lĭ-stîr′ē-ə] n.
- A genus of aerobic parasitic bacteria containing small, coccoid, gram-positive rods that tend to form chains of three to five members. They are found in the feces of humans and other animals, on vegetation, and in silage.