diplococcus

noun
dip·​lo·​coc·​cus | \ ˌdip-lō-ˈkä-kəs How to pronounce diplococcus (audio) \
plural diplococci\ ˌdip-​lō-​ˈkäk-​ˌsī How to pronounce diplococci (audio) , -​ˌsē , -​ˈkä-​ˌkī How to pronounce diplococci (audio) , -​ˌkē \

Definition of diplococcus

: any of various encapsulated bacteria (such 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

First Known Use of diplococcus

circa 1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diplococcus

New Latin, genus name

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diplococcus

noun
dip·​lo·​coc·​cus | \ -ˈkäk-əs How to pronounce diplococcus (audio) \

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

Other Words from diplococcus

diplococcal \ -​əl How to pronounce diplococcal (audio) \ adjective

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