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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Other Words from meningococcus

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 IHEs have long required vaccinations of students—for human papillomavirus, meningococcus and influenza, for example. Lawrence O. Gostin, Scientific American, 5 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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Dictionary Entries Near meningococcus

meningitis

meningococcus

meningoencephalitis

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14 Aug 2021

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“Meningococcus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meningococcus. Accessed 18 Sep. 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

More from Merriam-Webster on meningococcus

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about meningococcus

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