Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A usually nonpathogenic streptococcus that inhabits the intestine.

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  • n. Any of a group of streptococci bacteria, of the genus Enterococcus, that inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract and have great resistance to antibiotics

Etymologies

entero- +‎ coccus (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And in a terrifying experiment, a British researcher recently showed that a microbe called enterococcus can transfer vancomycin resistance to staph.

    The End Of Antibiotics?

  • Riverkeeper's testing, carried out in collaboration with Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Queens College at the City University of New York, measures levels of the bacterium enterococcus, which is commonly found in the intestines of humans and some animals.

    NYT > Home Page

  • On the other two they found VRE — vancomycin-resistant enterococcus faecium, a less dangerous form of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    Study finds new bedbug worry

  • The government's water-quality test consists of maximum allowable densities of bacteria enterococcus and E. coli associated with fecal matter in 100 milliliters of water.

    Beach Water Quality Suffers

  • Consumer Reports tested for total coliforms and other bacteria including enterococcus.

    39% Of Bagged Salad Is Gross, Some Has Poop - The Consumerist

  • The tests of 16 different brands had 39% exceeded that level for total coliforms, and 23% for enterococcus.

    39% Of Bagged Salad Is Gross, Some Has Poop - The Consumerist

  • When present, semen cultures should be obtained to look for bacteria such as enterococcus, E. coli, and chlamydia, as well as mycoplasma, which may affect fertility.

    A Baby at Last!

  • Those should include performance standards for indicators of fecal contamination, such as generic E. coli and enterococcus.

    Our tests of prepackaged salads reveal bacterial contamination

  • SHEA guideline for preventing nosocomial transmission of multidrug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus and enterococcus.

    SUPERBUG

  • They start their shift already carrying germs such as C. diff, drug-resistant enterococcus or staphylococcus.

    Hospital Scrubs Are a Germy, Deadly Mess

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  • more updates from biologist Kelli:

    "this was called strep D until the late 80s when it was reclassified as its own genus. it should no longer be defined as a type of strep."

    any genus/genera confusions in the previous comment are the fault of the editor...

    August 8, 2009