gram-positive

adjective
gram-pos·​i·​tive | \ ˈgram-ˈpä-zə-tiv How to pronounce gram-positive (audio) , -ˈpäz-tiv \

Definition of gram-positive

: holding the purple dye when stained by Gram's stain used chiefly of bacteria

First Known Use of gram-positive

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Gram-positive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gram-positive. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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gram-positive

adjective
gram-pos·​i·​tive | \ ˈgram-ˈpäz-ət-iv, -ˈpäz-tiv How to pronounce gram-positive (audio) \

Medical Definition of gram-positive

: holding the purple dye when stained by Gram's stain used chiefly of bacteria

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