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enterococcus

noun en·tero·coc·cus \-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
Medical Dictionary

enterococcus

noun en·tero·coc·cus \-ˈkäk-əs\

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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