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enterococcus Line breaks: en¦tero|coccus
Pronunciation: /ˌɛntərəʊˈkɒk(ə)s/

Definition of enterococcus in English:

noun (plural enterococci ˌɛntərəʊˈkɒk(s)ʌɪˌɛntərəʊˈk(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).
Example sentences
  • 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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