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A genus of Gram-negative, aerobic diplococci, chiefly comprising commensal inhabitants of the mucous membranes of humans and other mammals, but including several major pathogens, especially the causative agents of gonorrhoea (N. gonorrhoeae, also called gonococcus) and a form of bacterial meningitis (N. meningitidis, also called meningococcus). Also (in form neisseria): a bacterium of this genus.
Early 20th century. From scientific Latin Neisseria from the name of Albert Ludwig Siegmund Neisser, German dermatologist and bacteriologist, who discovered the causative bacterium of gonorrhoea in 1879 + -ia -ia.
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