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A color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph showing Salmonella Typhimurium (red) invading cultured human cells


New Latin, from Salmon (a surname) +‎ -ella, after Daniel Elmer Salmon.

Proper noun[edit]

Salmonella f

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Enterobacteriaceae — the salmonella bacteria.

Usage notes[edit]

A shorthand nomenclature is used to designate serovars of the subspecies Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica. The nomenclature employs mixed italics and normal characters. For instance, the serovar "Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhimurium" is shortened to "Salmonella Typhimurium." There are over 2500 serovars of S. enterica subsp. enterica.



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