coccus

noun
coc·​cus | \ ˈkä-kəs How to pronounce coccus (audio) \
plural cocci\ ˈkä-​ˌkī How to pronounce cocci (audio) , -​ˌkē ; ˈkäk-​ˌsī How to pronounce cocci (audio) , -​ˌsē \

Definition of coccus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a spherical bacterium
plural -cocci

Definition of -coccus (Entry 2 of 2)

: berry-shaped microorganism micrococcus

Other Words from coccus

Noun

coccal \ ˈkä-​kəl How to pronounce coccal (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of coccus

Noun

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coccus

Noun

New Latin, from Greek kokkos

Noun combining form

New Latin

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The first known use of coccus was in 1888

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“Coccus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coccus. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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coccus

noun
coc·​cus | \ ˈkä-kəs How to pronounce coccus (audio) \
plural cocci\ ˈkä-​ˌkī , -​ˌkē; ˈkäk-​ˌsī , -​ˌsē \

Kids Definition of coccus

: a bacterium shaped like a ball

coccus

noun
coc·​cus | \ ˈkäk-əs How to pronounce coccus (audio) \
plural cocci\ ˈkäk-​ˌ(s)ī also -​(ˌ)(s)ē \

Medical Definition of coccus

1 : a spherical bacterium

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