micrococcus

noun
mi·​cro·​coc·​cus | \ˌmī-krō-ˈkä-kəs \
plural micrococci\ -​ˈkäk-​(ˌ)sī , -​(ˌ)sē ; -​ˈkä-​(ˌ)kī, -​(ˌ)kē \

Definition of micrococcus 

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

Other Words from micrococcus

micrococcal \ -​ˈkä-​kəl \ adjective

First Known Use of micrococcus

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for micrococcus

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micrococcus

noun
mi·​cro·​coc·​cus | \ˌmī-krō-ˈkäk-əs \

Medical Definition of micrococcus 

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 plural micrococci\ -​ˈkäk-​ˌ(s)ī \ : a small spherical bacterium especially : any bacterium of the genus Micrococcus

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