[ nahy-seer-ee-uh ]
/ naɪˈsɪər i ə /

noun, plural neis·se·ri·ae [nahy-seer-seer-ee-ee] /naɪˈsɪərˈsɪər iˌi/. Bacteriology.

any of several spherical bacteria of the genus Neisseria, certain species of which, as N. gonorrhoeae, are pathogenic for humans.


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Origin of neisseria

< New Latin; after A.L.S. Neisser (1855–1916), German physician; see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Medical definitions for neisseria

[ nī-sîrē-ə ]


A genus of aerobic to facultatively anaerobic bacteria containing gram-negative cocci and including the causative agents of gonorrhea and meningitis.
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