Despite the “meningo-” prefix, meningococcus causes two distinct clinical diseases, each accounting for about half the illnesses.
Fortunately for meningococcus, we surely have the tools to prevent the next case.
Few infectious diseases are as frightening as meningococcus.
meningococcus me·nin·go·coc·cus (mə-nĭng'gə-kŏk'əs, -nĭn'jə-)
n. pl. me·nin·go·coc·ci (-kŏk'sī, -kī)
A bacterium (Neisseria meningitidis) that causes cerebrospinal meningitis.