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[muh-ning-goh-kok-uh s]
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noun, plural me·nin·go·coc·ci [muh-ning-goh-kok-sahy, -see] /məˌnɪŋ goʊˈkɒk saɪ, -si/.
  1. a reniform or spherical bacterium, Neisseria meningitidis, that causes cerebrospinal meningitis.
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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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  • The meningococcus and the virus of poliomyelitis pass from the nose into the cranial cavity without local lesions in the former.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey

British Dictionary definitions for meningococcus


noun plural -cocci (-ˈkɒkaɪ)
  1. the bacterium that causes cerebrospinal meningitis
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meningococcus in Medicine


(mə-nĭng′gə-kŏkəs, -nĭn′jə-)
n. pl. me•nin•go•coc•ci (-kŏksī, -kī)
  1. A bacterium (Neisseria meningitidis) that causes cerebrospinal meningitis.
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Related formsme•nin′go•coccal (-kŏkəl) null adj.
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