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[muh-ning-goh-kok-uh s] /məˌnɪŋ goʊˈkɒk əs/
noun, plural meningococci
[muh-ning-goh-kok-sahy, -see] /məˌnɪŋ goʊˈkɒk saɪ, -si/ (Show IPA)
a reniform or spherical bacterium, Neisseria meningitidis, that causes cerebrospinal meningitis.
Origin of meningococcus
From New Latin, dating back to 1890-95; See origin at meninges, -o-, coccus
Related forms
meningococcal, meningococcic
[muh-ning-goh-kok-ik, -kok-sik] /məˌnɪŋ goʊˈkɒk ɪk, -ˈkɒk sɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The meningococcus and the virus of poliomyelitis pass from the nose into the cranial cavity without local lesions in the former.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology Charles Bradfield Morrey
British Dictionary definitions for meningococcus


noun (pl) -cocci (-ˈkɒkaɪ)
the bacterium that causes cerebrospinal meningitis
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meningococcus in Medicine

meningococcus me·nin·go·coc·cus (mə-nĭng'gə-kŏk'əs, -nĭn'jə-)
n. pl. me·nin·go·coc·ci (-kŏk'sī, -kī)
A bacterium (Neisseria meningitidis) that causes cerebrospinal meningitis.

me·nin'go·coc'cal (-kŏk'əl) or me·nin'go·coc'cic (-kŏk'sĭk) adj.
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