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[gon-uh-kok-uh s]
noun, plural gon·o·coc·ci [gon-uh-kok-sahy, -see] /ˌgɒn əˈkɒk saɪ, -si/.
  1. the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, causing gonorrhea.
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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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Examples from the Web for gonococcus

Historical Examples of gonococcus

  • Gonorrhea is caused by the gonococcus discovered by Neisser in 1879.

    The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation

    Austin O'Malley

  • Cover-glass smears from the sediment should be stained by the method for the gonococcus.

  • I have noticed the same tendency to stitch-abscess in cases of diffuse pelvic inflammation due to infection by the gonococcus.

  • Ordinarily, no attempt is made to identify any but the tubercle bacillus and the gonococcus.

  • The gonococcus is distinguished by its failure to grow upon ordinary media.

British Dictionary definitions for gonococcus


noun plural -cocci (-ˈkɒksaɪ)
  1. a spherical Gram-negative bacterium, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, that causes gonorrhoea: family Neisseriaceae
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Derived Formsgonococcal or gonococcic, adjectivegonococcoid, adjective
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gonococcus in Medicine


n. pl. gon•o•coc•ci (-kŏksī′, -kŏkī′)
  1. The bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which is the causative agent of gonorrhea.
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Related formsgon′o•coccal adj.
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