One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bacterium which causes gonorrhoea.
Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a Gram-negative diplococcus
- ‘Laboratory tests are carried out for gonococcus and sometimes trichomonas and chlamydia, depending on the technology available.’
- ‘Does it mean that no gonococci were present in the patient or that none were present in the sample submitted to the laboratory for culture?’
- ‘Gonorrhea, caused by a bacterium called gonococcus that thrives in warm/moist body tissues, can infect the throat, urethra, vagina/cervix, and anus.’
- ‘Pelvic inflammatory disease (infected fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus), is caused most frequently by sexually transmitted chlamydia or gonococci.’
- ‘I think most doctors would empirically give antibiotics for both staph and gonococcus, but apparently for this exam, that would be wrong.’
Late 19th century: blend of gonorrhoea and coccus.
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