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Gram-positive

[gram-poz-i-tiv]
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adjective (often lowercase)
  1. (of bacteria) retaining the violet dye when stained by Gram's method.
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Origin of Gram-positive

First recorded in 1905–10; see origin at Gram's method
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Examples from the Web for gram-positive

Historical Examples

  • The Gram-positive bacteria are violet and the Gram-negative are red.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey

  • This method is excellent for differentiating Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms on the same slide.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey

  • A Gram-positive stool due to cocci is suggestive of intestinal ulceration.


British Dictionary definitions for gram-positive

Gram-positive

adjective
  1. designating bacteria that retain the violet stain in Gram's method
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gram-positive in Medicine

gram-positive

adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or being a bacterium that retains the violet stain used in Gram's method.
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gram-positive in Science

gram-positive

  1. 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.
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