meningococcus

play
noun me·nin·go·coc·cus \mə-ˌniŋ-gə-ˈkä-kəs, -ˌnin-jə-\

Definition of meningococcus

plural

meningococci

play \-ˈkäk-ˌsī, -ˌsē; -ˈkä-ˌkī, -ˌkē\
  1. :  the bacterium (Neisseria meningitidis) that causes cerebrospinal meningitis

meningococcal

play \-ˈkä-kəl\ or less commonly

meningococcic

play \-ˈkäk-sik, -ˈkä-kik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of meningococcus

New Latin


Medical Dictionary

meningococcus

play play
noun me·nin·go·coc·cus \mə-ˌniŋ-gə-ˈkäk-əs, -ˌnin-jə-\

Medical Definition of meningococcus

plural

meningococci

\-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī, -(ˌ)(s)ē\play play
  1. :  a bacterium of the genus Neisseria (N. meningitidis) that causes cerebrospinal meningitis

meningococcal

\-ˈkäk-əl\play also

meningococcic

\-ˈkäk-(s)ik\play adjective

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