enterococcus


en·tero·coc·cus

noun \-ˈkä-kəs\
plural en·tero·coc·ci\-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī, -ˈkäk-(ˌ)(s)ē\

Definition of ENTEROCOCCUS

:  any of a genus (Enterococcus) of gram-positive bacteria that resemble streptococci and were formerly classified with them; especially :  a bacterium (E. faecalis) normally present in the intestine
en·tero·coc·cal \-ˈkä-kəl\ adjective

Origin of ENTEROCOCCUS

New Latin, genus name
First Known Use: 1908

en·tero·coc·cus

noun \-ˈkäk-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ENTEROCOCCUS

1
capitalized : a genus of gram-positive bacteria that resemble streptococci and were formerly classified with them
2
pl en·tero·coc·ci \-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī, -ˈkäk-(ˌ)(s)ē\ : any bacterium of the genus Enterococcus; especially : one (E. faecalis) normally present in the intestine
en·tero·coc·cal \-ˈkäk-əl\ adjective

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