Definition of gonococcus in US English:



  • A bacterium which causes gonorrhea.

    Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a Gram-negative diplococcus

    • ‘I think most doctors would empirically give antibiotics for both staph and gonococcus, but apparently for this exam, that would be wrong.’
    • ‘Laboratory tests are carried out for gonococcus and sometimes trichomonas and chlamydia, depending on the technology available.’
    • ‘Gonorrhea, caused by a bacterium called gonococcus that thrives in warm/moist body tissues, can infect the throat, urethra, vagina/cervix, and anus.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Pelvic inflammatory disease (infected fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus), is caused most frequently by sexually transmitted chlamydia or gonococci.’


Late 19th century: blend of gonorrhea and coccus.