Neis·​se·​ria nī-ˈsir-ē-ə How to pronounce Neisseria (audio)
: a genus (the type of the family Neisseriaceae) of parasitic bacteria that grow in pairs and occasionally tetrads, thrive best at 98.6°F (37°C) in the animal body or serum media, and include the gonococcus (N. gonorrhoeae) and meningococcus (N. meningitidis)

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“Neisseria.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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