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 [en″ter-o-kok´us] (pl. enterococ´ci) (Gr.)
an organism belonging to the genus Enterococcus.


[en′terokok′us] pl. enterococci
Etymology: Gk, enteron + kokkos, berry
a genus of gram-positive, facultatively anaerobic bacteria of the family Streptococcaceae, formerly classified in the genus Streptococcus. E. faecalis and E. faecium are normal inhabitants of the human intestinal tract that occasionally cause urinary tract infections, infective endocarditis, bacteremia, and life-threatening nosocomial infections (vancomycin-resistant enterococci infection). E. avium is found primarily in the feces of chickens and may be associated with appendicitis, otitis, and brain abscesses in humans.


bacteria in the genus Enterococcus.
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Although high-level aminoglycoside resistant (HLAR) enterococci are usually defined as enterococci the MIC of >2000 [micro]g/ml, some investigators propose using gentamicin at a concentration of 500, or 1000 [micro]g/ml (33).
Based on patterns of sugar utilization, fecal enterococci comprised only 52 percent of the confirmed isolates.
A' Yes, because we'd lost all our other drugs to treat vancomycin-resistant enterococci.
This approach provides the means of speed, sensitivity, specificity, and simplicity in detecting enterococci from beach water samples.
The enumeration and presumptive identification of Enterococci from water is achieved using Lab M's Slanetz and Bartley Medium, which may also be used as a spread plate for other sample types.
Molecular characterization of gentamicin-resistant Enterococci in the United States: evidence of spread from animals to humans through food.
Enterococci are primarily found in nonheat-treated foods--specifically, in cheeses produced from nonpasteurized milk, such as Feta, Roquefort or Montasio.
coli and the enterococci are both considered nosocomial pathogens (Eaton and Gasson, 2001; Neuhauser et al, 2003).
The secondary objective of the study was to determine if E-coli and Enterococci are suitable indicators of human fecal contamination.
Though generally harmless, enterococci can cause severe illness when they enter wounds, the bloodstream, or urinary tract.