Definition of pneumococcus in English:



  • A bacterium associated with pneumonia and some forms of meningitis.

    • ‘The bacteria pneumococcus, with more than 90 serotypes, is a common pathogen with many unknowns.’
    • ‘The increasing resistance of pneumococci to antibiotics, the waning immunity in the elderly population and the low incidence of adverse effects with the conjugated pneumococcal vaccine may make periodic boosters routine.’
    • ‘This relatively simple test told us that Marie Anne had bacterial meningitis due to the pneumococcus, an organism that belonged in her throat, not in her nervous system.’
    • ‘Therefore, these vaccines may protect against 85 to 90 percent of invasive and respiratory infections caused by pneumococci in children in the United States.’
    • ‘For example, in some parts of the world pneumococci remain predictably sensitive to penicillin, and this drug can remain a first line agent for presumed pneumococcal meningitis, but we do not know how long this will be true.’
    • ‘These scientists have recently discovered that a significant proportion of pneumonia in children is not caused by a virus, but by a bacterium - the pneumococcus.’
    • ‘Community acquired infections with pneumococci cause pneumonia, blood poisoning, and middle ear disease in over six and a half million cases and 40,000 deaths.’
    • ‘In a study from France of HIV-infected inpatients with bacterial pneumonia, 75% of the pneumococci had decreased susceptibility to penicillin.’
    • ‘About 75% of pneumonias in the elderly are caused by the pneumococcus.’
    • ‘The carrying of resistant pneumococci in childhood has been associated with younger age, attendance at daycare centres, and previous use of antibiotics.’
    • ‘The pneumococcus, a bacterium, is responsible for about a third of community pneumonia cases.’
    • ‘The next morning grandma was worse and the labs called to say that the pneumococcus was present in both specimens and that it was resistant to penicillin.’
    • ‘Currently, many pneumococci are resistant to penicillins and other agents.’
    • ‘Vaccines are now also given against the pneumococcus organism, a common cause of bacterial pneumonia.’