diplococcus


dip·lo·coc·cus

noun \-ˈkä-kəs\
plural dip·lo·coc·ci\-ˈkäk-ˌsī, -ˌsē, -ˈkä-ˌkī, -ˌkē\

Definition of DIPLOCOCCUS

:  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

dip·lo·coc·cus

noun \-ˈkäk-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DIPLOCOCCUS

: 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
dip·lo·coc·cal \-əl\ adjective

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