Definition of enterococcus in English:

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enterococcus

Pronunciation: /ˌen(t)ərōˈkäkəs/

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
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.

Derivatives

enterococcal

Pronunciation: /ˌentərōˈkäkəl/
adjective
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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