enterococcus

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noun en·tero·coc·cus \ˌen-tə-rō-ˈkä-kəs\

Definition of enterococcus

plural

enterococci

play \ˌen-tə-rō-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī, -ˈkäk-(ˌ)(s)ē\
  1. :  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

enterococcal

play \ˌen-tə-rō-ˈkä-kəl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of enterococcus

New Latin, genus name


Medical Dictionary

enterococcus

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noun en·tero·coc·cus \-ˈkäk-əs\

Medical Definition of enterococcus

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of gram-positive bacteria that resemble streptococci and were formerly classified with them

  2. 2plural enterococci \-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī, -ˈkäk-(ˌ)(s)ē\play play :  any bacterium of the genus Enterococcus; especially :  one (E. faecalis) normally present in the intestine

enterococcal

\-ˈkäk-əl\play adjective

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