meningococcus

noun
me·​nin·​go·​coc·​cus | \ mə-ˌniŋ-gə-ˈkä-kəs How to pronounce meningococcus (audio) , -ˌnin-jə- How to pronounce meningococcus (audio) \
plural meningococci\ mə-​ˌniŋ-​gə-​ˈkäk-​ˌsī How to pronounce meningococcus (audio) , -​ˌsē ; -​ˈkä-​ˌkī , -​ˌkē How to pronounce meningococcus (audio) , -​ˌnin-​jə-​ \

Definition of meningococcus

: the bacterium (Neisseria meningitidis) that causes cerebrospinal meningitis

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meningococcal \ mə-​ˌniŋ-​gə-​ˈkä-​kəl How to pronounce meningococcus (audio) , -​ˌnin-​jə-​ \ or less commonly meningococcic \ mə-​ˌniŋ-​gə-​ˈkäk-​sik How to pronounce meningococcus (audio) , -​ˈkä-​kik , -​ˌnin-​jə-​ \ adjective

Examples of meningococcus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Between January 2010 and June 2020, the FDA approved 21 vaccines, most commonly for influenza (5 [23.8%]) and meningococcus (5 [23.8%]). Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: COVID-19 Vaccine Developed at Historic Speed," 16 Nov. 2020 Air travel is a way to spread many virulent infectious diseases, including diphtheria, hepatitis A, influenza A and B, measles, mumps, meningococcus, rubella, tuberculosis, norovirus – the list goes on. Keith Joiner, The Conversation, "Airplanes spread diseases quickly – so maybe unvaccinated people shouldn’t be allowed to fly," 26 Feb. 2020 The ill student’s case was for meningococcus group B, which is not the same one covered by a vaccine required for incoming students, officials said. George Kelly, The Mercury News, "UC Berkeley: Health officials send meningitis alert after student recovery," 21 Mar. 2017 Many of the cases carry the same strain of meningococcus bacteria, known as serotype C, and have been linked through social connections, according to the health department. Soumya Karlamangla, latimes.com, "Health officials urge meningitis vaccination amid L.A. Pride festival," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of meningococcus

circa 1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for meningococcus

New Latin

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The first known use of meningococcus was circa 1893

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“Meningococcus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meningococcus. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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meningococcus

noun
me·​nin·​go·​coc·​cus | \ mə-ˌniŋ-gə-ˈkäk-əs How to pronounce meningococcus (audio) , -ˌnin-jə- How to pronounce meningococcus (audio) \
plural meningococci\ -​ˈkäk-​ˌ(s)ī How to pronounce meningococcus (audio) , -​(ˌ)(s)ē How to pronounce meningococcus (audio) \

Medical Definition of meningococcus

: a bacterium of the genus Neisseria (N. meningitidis) that causes cerebrospinal meningitis

Other Words from meningococcus

meningococcal \ -​ˈkäk-​əl How to pronounce meningococcus (audio) \ also meningococcic \ -​ˈkäk-​(s)ik How to pronounce meningococcus (audio) \ adjective

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