- (of bacteria) retaining the violet dye when stained by Gram's method.
Origin of Gram-positive
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The Gram-positive bacteria are violet and the Gram-negative are red.
This method is excellent for differentiating Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms on the same slide.
A Gram-positive stool due to cocci is suggestive of intestinal ulceration.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis
James Campbell Todd
- designating bacteria that retain the violet stain in Gram's method
- Of, relating to, or being a bacterium that retains the violet stain used in Gram's method.
- Relating to a group of bacteria that turn a dark-blue color when subjected to a laboratory staining method known as Gram's method. Gram-positive bacteria have relatively thick cell walls and are generally sensitive to the destructive effects of antibiotics or the actions of the body's immune cells. Gram-positive bacteria include beneficial nitrogen-fixing bacteria in soil, as well as the bacteria that cause anthrax, botulism, leprosy, tuberculosis, scarlet fever, and strep throat. Compare gram-negative.