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coccus

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noun, coc·cus \ˈkä-kəs\

Definition of coccus

plural cocci play \ˈkä-ˌkī, -ˌkē; ˈkäk-ˌsī, -ˌsē\

  1. :  a spherical bacterium

coccal play \ˈkä-kəl\ adjective


Origin of coccus

New Latin, from Greek kokkos


First Known Use: 1888


-coccus

noun combining form, coc·cus

Definition of -coccus

plural -cocci

  1. :  berry-shaped microorganism <micrococcus>



Origin of -coccus

New Latin


COCCUS Defined for Kids

coccus

play
noun coc·cus \ˈkä-kəs\

Definition of coccus for Students

plural cocci \ˈkä-ˌkī, -ˌkē; ˈkäk-ˌsī, -ˌsē\

  1. :  a bacterium shaped like a ball




Medical Dictionary

coccus

play
noun coc·cus \ˈkäk-əs\

Medical Definition of coccus

plural cocci \ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī also -(ˌ)(s)ē\play play

  1. 1:  a spherical bacterium

  2. 2:  cochineal




Learn More about coccus

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "coccus" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "coccus"


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