en·​tero·​coc·​cus | \ ˌen-tə-rō-ˈkä-kəs How to pronounce enterococcus (audio) \
plural enterococci\ ˌen-​tə-​rō-​ˈkäk-​ˌ(s)ī How to pronounce enterococci (audio) , -​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

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Other Words from enterococcus

enterococcal \ ˌen-​tə-​rō-​ˈkä-​kəl How to pronounce enterococcal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of enterococcus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But some enterococcus strains have evolved into a virulent form, called vancomycin-resistant enterococcus, or VRE, that affects more than 540,000 Americans every year. Wired, "Scientists Find a Weak Spot in Some Superbugs' Defenses," 9 Dec. 2019 Other bacteria that have been linked to purple urine include Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Providencia stuartii, Escherichia coli, and enterococcus species, per the case report. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "This Woman's Urine Turned Purple—and That's Actually More Common Than You'd Think," 30 Oct. 2019 July 8 testing by the Florida Department of Health in Bay County shows high levels of enterococcus bacteria at Panama City Beach Access No. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Panama City Beach advisory remains in place: Bacteria prompts continued warning," 9 July 2019 Back at Blue Water’s offices in Remington, Volpitta mixed the harbor samples with a reagent used to reveal enterococcus bacteria and poured them into trays kind of like ice cube trays. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Sampling initiative in Baltimore's Inner Harbor aims to answer the question, 'How's the water, hon?'," 25 June 2019 Water quality samples measure three types of bacteria: total coliform, fecal coliform and enterococcus. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County beaches, among the best in state, get top grades for cleanliness," 26 June 2019 According to a department news release, enterococcus bacteria levels were higher than U.S. Environment Protection Agency thresholds, and that retesting will continue until the levels fall below the government’s threshold. al.com, "Health advisory issued for swimming near Fairhope public beach," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of enterococcus

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for enterococcus

New Latin, genus name

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“Enterococcus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enterococcus. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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en·​tero·​coc·​cus | \ -ˈkäk-əs How to pronounce enterococcus (audio) \

Medical Definition of enterococcus

1 capitalized : a genus of gram-positive bacteria that resemble streptococci and were formerly classified with them
2 enterococci\ -​ˈkäk-​ˌ(s)ī How to pronounce enterococci (audio) , -​ˈkäk-​(ˌ)(s)ē How to pronounce enterococci (audio) \ plural : any bacterium of the genus Enterococcus especially : one (E. faecalis) normally present in the intestine

Other Words from enterococcus

enterococcal \ -​ˈkäk-​əl How to pronounce enterococcal (audio) \ adjective

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