[gon-uh-kok-uh s]

noun, plural gon·o·coc·ci [gon-uh-kok-sahy, -see] /ˌgɒn əˈkɒk saɪ, -si/.

the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, causing gonorrhea.

Origin of gonococcus

First recorded in 1885–90; gono- + -coccus
Related formsgon·o·coc·cal, gon·o·coc·cic [gon-uh-kok-sik] /ˌgɒn əˈkɒk sɪk/, adjectivegon·o·coc·coid, adjective
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noun plural -cocci (-ˈkɒksaɪ)

a spherical Gram-negative bacterium, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, that causes gonorrhoea: family Neisseriaceae
Derived Formsgonococcal or gonococcic, adjectivegonococcoid, adjective
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n. pl. gon•o•coc•ci (-kŏksī′, -kŏkī′)

The bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which is the causative agent of gonorrhea.
Related formsgon′o•coccal adj.
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