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 meningococci (audio) , -​ˌsē ; -​ˈkä-​ˌkī , -​ˌkē How to pronounce meningococci (audio) , -​ˌnin-​jə-​ \

Definition of meningococcus

: the bacterium (Neisseria meningitidis) that causes cerebrospinal meningitis

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Other Words from meningococcus

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

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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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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 meningococci (audio) , -​(ˌ)(s)ē How to pronounce meningococci (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 meningococcal (audio) \ also meningococcic \ -​ˈkäk-​(s)ik How to pronounce meningococcic (audio) \ adjective

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