Adjective "meningococci" definition and examples

(Meningococci may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/mɪˌnɪndʒəʊˈkɒkəs//mɪˌnɪŋɡəʊˈkɒkəs/

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Definitions and examples

noun

A bacterium involved in some forms of meningitis and cerebrospinal infection.
  1. 'The illness is caused by bacteria, called meningococci, which invade the linings of the brain, causing severe inflammation that can be fatal.'
  2. 'Neisseria meningitidis, the meningococcus, is a globally distributed cause of bacterial meningitis and septicemia.'

More definitions

1. a reniform or spherical bacterium, Neisseria meningitidis, that causes cerebrospinal meningitis.

More examples(as adjective)

"bacteria can be meningococci."

Origin

(meningococcus)Late 19th century: from meninges + coccus.