noun (plural enterococci /-ˌkäk(s)ī/ /-ˌkäk(s)ē/)
A streptococcus of a group that occurs naturally in the intestine but causes inflammation and blood infection if introduced elsewhere in the body (e.g., by injury or surgery).
- Genus Streptococcus (or Enterococcus); Gram-positive cocci.
- Streptococci and enterococci are the most frequent pathogens causing infective endocarditis.
- It has been approved for certain gram-positive infections including certain drug-resistant enterococcus, staphylococcus, and pneumococcus strains.
- Based on the first reports of resistant strains of streptococci and enterococci, we predicted that these bacteria would also become significant medical problems in future.
- Example sentences
- More than 10% of large hospital medication budgets are spent to treat staphylococcal and enterococcal infections.
- The choice of antibiotics to prevent endocarditis in at risk patients depends on the streptococcal and enterococcal species present on the portal of entry of the bacteria.
- This project also revealed a 120% increase in enterococcal infections and a 176% increase in S. aureus infections.
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