[ gram-poz-i-tiv ]
/ ˈgræmˈpɒz ɪ tɪv /

adjective (often lowercase)

(of bacteria) retaining the violet dye when stained by Gram's method.

Origin of Gram-positive

First recorded in 1905–10; see origin at Gram's method Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gram-positive



designating bacteria that retain the violet stain in Gram's method
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Medicine definitions for gram-positive



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


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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