meningococcus

meningococcus

[muh-ning-goh-kok-uhs]
noun, plural meningococci [muh-ning-goh-kok-sahy, -see] .
a reniform or spherical bacterium, Neisseria meningitidis, that causes cerebrospinal meningitis.

Origin:
1890–95; < Neo-Latin; see meninges, -o-, coccus

meningococcal, meningococcic [muh-ning-goh-kok-ik, -kok-sik] , adjective
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meningococcus (mɛˌnɪŋɡəʊˈkɒkəs)
 
n , pl -cocci
the bacterium that causes cerebrospinal meningitis

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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.


me·nin'go·coc'cal (-kŏk'əl) or me·nin'go·coc'cic (-kŏk'sĭk) adj.
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