Definition of diplococcus in English:

diplococcus

noun

  • A bacterium that occurs as pairs of cocci, e.g., pneumococcus.

    • ‘Dexamethasone therapy should be continued following test results only if gram-positive diplococci are found in the CSF Gram stain, or if cultures reveal Streptococcus pneumoniae.’
    • ‘Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a fastidious Gram-negative diplococcus which closely resembles the related human pathogen Neisseria meningitidis, as well as several commensal species.’
    • ‘Shortly before he left, however, a call from an excited microbiologist confirmed the presence of Gram negative diplococci in both blood and cerebrospinal fluid culture.’
    • ‘The causative organism of gonorrhea, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, is a fastidious gram-negative diplococcus, which closely resembles the related human pathogen, Neisseria meningitidis, as well as several commensal species.’
    • ‘If the smear shows Gram negative intracellular diplococci, the patient is treated for gonorrhoea and chlamydia to cover the possibility of a mixed infection.’

Pronunciation:

diplococcus

/ˌdiplōˈkäkəs/