Definition of gonococcus in English:

gonococcus

Line breaks: gono|coc¦cus
Pronunciation: /ˌgɒnəˈkɒkəs
 
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noun (plural gonococci /-k(s)ʌɪ, -k(s)iː/)

  • A bacterium which causes gonorrhoea.
    • Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a Gram-negative diplococcus
    More 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.

Derivatives

gonococcal

adjective
More 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.

Origin

late 19th century: blend of gonorrhoea and coccus.

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