gonococcus

noun

gon·​o·​coc·​cus ˌgä-nə-ˈkä-kəs How to pronounce gonococcus (audio)
plural gonococci ˌgä-nə-ˈkäk-ˌsī How to pronounce gonococcus (audio)
-(ˌ)sē;
-ˈkä-ˌkī How to pronounce gonococcus (audio)
-(ˌ)kē
: a pus-producing bacterium (Neisseria gonorrhoeae) that causes gonorrhea
gonococcal adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gonococcus was in 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Gonococcus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gonococcus. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

gonococcus

noun
gono·​coc·​cus
ˌgän-ə-ˈkäk-əs
plural gonococci
-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī,
-ˈkäk-(ˌ)(s)ē
: a pus-producing bacterium that causes gonorrhea

Medical Definition

gonococcus

noun
gon·​o·​coc·​cus ˌgän-ə-ˈkäk-əs How to pronounce gonococcus (audio)
: a pus-producing bacterium of the genus Neisseria (N. gonorrhoeae) that causes gonorrhea
gonococcal adjective
also gonococcic

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