Definition of gonococcus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɡänəˈkäkəs/

noun (plural gonococci /-ˈkäkˌsī/)

A bacterium that causes gonorrhea.
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a Gram-negative diplococcus.
Example sentences
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (infected fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus), is caused most frequently by sexually transmitted chlamydia or gonococci.
  • Gonorrhea, caused by a bacterium called gonococcus that thrives in warm/moist body tissues, can infect the throat, urethra, vagina/cervix, and anus.
  • I think most doctors would empirically give antibiotics for both staph and gonococcus, but apparently for this exam, that would be wrong.



Pronunciation: /ˌɡänəˈkäk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Evaluation and treatment are important because of the risk for reinfection of the patient and the strong likelihood of urethral gonococcal or chlamydial infection in the partner.
  • Asymptomatic bacteriuria, gonococcal cervicitis and bacterial vaginosis are strongly associated with preterm delivery.
  • Ectopic pregnancy is another possible consequence of gonococcal or chlamydial infection, although these are not the only risk factors.


Late 19th century: from gono- (as in gonorrhea) + coccus.

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Syllabification: gon·o·coc·cus

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