noun (plural enterococci /ˌɛntərəʊˈkɒk(s)ʌɪ/ /ˌɛntərəʊˈk(s)iː/)
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.
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