meningococcus

[ muh-ning-goh-kok-uh s ]
/ məˌnɪŋ goʊˈkɒk əs /
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noun, plural me·nin·go·coc·ci [muh-ning-goh-kok-sahy, -see] /məˌnɪŋ goʊˈkɒk saɪ, -si/.

a reniform or spherical bacterium, Neisseria meningitidis, that causes cerebrospinal meningitis.

Nearby words

  1. meningo-osteophlebitis,
  2. meningocele,
  3. meningococcal meningitis,
  4. meningococcall,
  5. meningococcemia,
  6. meningocortical,
  7. meningocyte,
  8. meningoencephalitis,
  9. meningoencephalocele,
  10. meningoencephalomyelitis

Origin of meningococcus

From New Latin, dating back to 1890–95; see origin at meninges, -o-, coccus

Related formsme·nin·go·coc·cal, me·nin·go·coc·cic [muh-ning-goh-kok-ik, -kok-sik] /məˌnɪŋ goʊˈkɒk ɪk, -ˈkɒk sɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for meningococcus

meningococcus

/ (mɛˌnɪŋɡəʊˈkɒkəs) /

noun plural -cocci (-ˈkɒkaɪ)

the bacterium that causes cerebrospinal meningitis
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Medicine definitions for meningococcus

meningococcus

[ mə-nĭng′gə-kŏkəs, -nĭn′jə- ]

n. pl. me•nin•go•coc•ci (-kŏksī, -kī)

A bacterium (Neisseria meningitidis) that causes cerebrospinal meningitis.
Related formsme•nin′go•coccal (-kŏkəl) null adj.


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