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pneumococcus

noun pneu·mo·coc·cus \ˌnü-mə-ˈkä-kəs, ˌnyü-\
plural pneu·mo·coc·ci\-ˈkäk-ˌsī, -ˌsē; -ˈkä-ˌkī, -ˌkē\

Definition of PNEUMOCOCCUS

:  a bacterium (Streptococcus pneumoniae) that causes an acute pneumonia involving one or more lobes of the lung
pneu·mo·coc·cal \-ˈkä-kəl\ adjective

Origin of PNEUMOCOCCUS

New Latin
First Known Use: 1890

pneumococcus

noun pneu·mo·coc·cus \ˌn(y)ü-mə-ˈkäk-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural pneu·mo·coc·ci \-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī\

Medical Definition of PNEUMOCOCCUS

:  a bacterium of the genus Streptococcus (S. pneumoniae) that causes an acute pneumonia involving one or more lobes of the lung

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