A genus of aerobic Gram-positive cocci occurring as airborne saprophytes; they produce α-hemolysis on blood agar and grow in the presence of 40% bile. A. viridans, the type species, is commonly recovered as part of the normal skin flora; it has low pathogenicity, but has been reported as a rare cause of endocarditis. [aero- + G. kokkos, berry]

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Aero·coc·cus (ār″o-kokґəs) [Aero- + coccus] a genus of aerobic, gram-positive cocci of the family Aerococcaceae. The type species is A. viґridans.

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