Listeriosis meaning

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A bacterial disease caused by Listeria monocytogenes, affecting wild and domestic animals and sometimes humans and characterized by fever, meningitis, and encephalitis.
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Any of various infections in animals and occas. humans, caused by listeria and often associated with encephalitis, meningitis, etc.
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Infection with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, characterized in humans by fever, gastrointestinal symptoms, and sometimes headache and convulsions, and in pregnant women often leading to miscarriage or stillbirth. In domestic animals it can cause encephalitis, septicemia, and abortion. The bacterium occurs as a contaminant in raw or improperly processed foods.
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(medicine) An infectious disease of humans and animals caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes and Listeria ivanovii, often through contaminated food.
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