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a bacterial species found in human feces and in the intestines of many warm-blooded animals; occasionally found in urinary infections and in blood and heart lesions in cases of subacute endocarditis; a major cause of nosocomial infection, especially in association with gram-negative pathogens.
Synonym(s): Streptococcus faecalis
The former name of Enterococcus faecalis.
See also: Streptococcus