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diplococcus

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noun dip·lo·coc·cus \-ˈkä-kəs\

Definition of diplococcus

plural dip·lo·coc·ciplay play \-ˈkäk-ˌsī, -ˌsē, -ˈkä-ˌkī, -ˌkē\

  1. :  any of various encapsulated bacteria (as Streptococcus pneumoniae, a common cause of pneumonia) that usually occur in pairs and that were formerly grouped in a single taxon (genus Diplococcus) but are now all assigned to other genera



Origin of diplococcus

New Latin, genus name


First Known Use: circa 1881


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diplococcus

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noun dip·lo·coc·cus \-ˈkäk-əs\

Medical Definition of diplococcus

  1. :  any of various encapsulated bacteria (as the pneumococcus) that usually occur in pairs and that were formerly grouped in a single taxon (genus Diplococcus) but are now all assigned to other genera

  2. dip·lo·coc·cal \-əl\play adjective




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