Definition of pneumococcus in English:

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pneumococcus

Pronunciation: /ˌn(y)o͞omōˈkäkəs/

noun (plural pneumococci /-ˈkäksī/ /-ˈkäksē/)

A bacterium associated with pneumonia and some forms of meningitis.
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae, a Gram-positive diplococcus.
Example sentences
  • The bacteria pneumococcus, with more than 90 serotypes, is a common pathogen with many unknowns.
  • These scientists have recently discovered that a significant proportion of pneumonia in children is not caused by a virus, but by a bacterium - the pneumococcus.
  • The pneumococcus, a bacterium, is responsible for about a third of community pneumonia cases.

Derivatives

pneumococcal

adjective
Example sentences
  • The pneumococcal bacterium is the second most common cause of bacterial meningitis.
  • But these same kind of bacteria, pneumococcal bacteria, also help cause ear infections, or otitis media.
  • Septicaemia, particularly pneumococcal and meningococcal, may be associated with widespread thrombosis.

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Syllabification: pneu·mo·coc·cus

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