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micrococcus

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noun mi·cro·coc·cus \ˌmī-krō-ˈkä-kəs\

Definition of micrococcus

plural mi·cro·coc·ciplay \-ˈkäk-(ˌ)sī, -(ˌ)sē; -ˈkä-(ˌ)kī, -(ˌ)kē\

  1. :  a small spherical bacterium; especially :  any of a genus (Micrococcus) of gram-positive chiefly harmless bacteria that typically occur in irregular clusters

mi·cro·coc·cal play \-ˈkä-kəl\ adjective


Origin of micrococcus

New Latin


First Known Use: 1870


Medical Dictionary

micrococcus

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noun mi·cro·coc·cus \ˌmī-krō-ˈkäk-əs\

Medical Definition of micrococcus

  1. 1 capitalized :  a large genus (the type genus of the family Micrococcaceae) of nonmotile gram-positive spherical bacteria that occur in tetrads or irregular clusters and include nonpathogenic forms (as M. luteus) that are typically harmless saprophytes on human skin but may cause opportunistic skin infections in immunocompromised individuals

  2. 2plural mi·cro·coc·ci \-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī\play :  a small spherical bacterium; especially :  any bacterium of the genus Micrococcus




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