[ noo-muh-kok-uhs, nyoo‐ ]

noun,plural pneu·mo·coc·ci [noo-muh-kok-sahy, ‐see, nyoo‐]. /ˌnu məˈkɒk saɪ, ‐si, ˌnyu‐/.
  1. a bacterium, Diplococcus pneumoniae, causing lobar pneumonia and associated with certain other diseases, as pericarditis and meningitis.

Origin of pneumococcus

From New Latin, dating back to 1885–90; see origin at pneumo-, -coccus

Other words from pneumococcus

  • pneu·mo·coc·cal [noo-muh-kok-uhl, nyoo‐], /ˌnu məˈkɒk əl, ˌnyu‐/, pneu·mo·coc·cic [noo-muh-kok-sik, nyoo‐], /ˌnu məˈkɒk sɪk, ˌnyu‐/, pneu·mo·coc·cous [noo-muh-kok-uhs, nyoo‐], /ˌnu məˈkɒk əs, ˌnyu‐/, adjective

Words Nearby pneumococcus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use pneumococcus in a sentence

  • Recognition of the pneumococcus depends upon its morphology, the fact that it is Gram-staining, and the presence of a capsule.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
  • By far the most frequent exciting causes of acute otitis media are the pneumococcus and the streptococcus.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
  • Various organisms have been found in other forms of meningitis—the pneumococcus most frequently.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
  • The bacteria were chiefly staphylococci, rarely the pneumococcus or the micrococcus catarrhalis.

    The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
  • Cultivations from the heart blood gave a pure growth of a typical (capsulated) pneumococcus.

British Dictionary definitions for pneumococcus


/ (ˌnjuːməʊˈkɒkəs) /

nounplural -cocci (-ˈkɒkaɪ)
  1. a spherical bacterium that occurs in the respiratory tract, esp the Gram-positive Diplococcus pneumoniae, which causes pneumonia

Derived forms of pneumococcus

  • pneumococcal, adjective

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