micrococcus

noun
mi·​cro·​coc·​cus | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈkä-kəs How to pronounce micrococcus (audio) \
plural micrococci\ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈkäk-​(ˌ)sī How to pronounce micrococcus (audio) , -​(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 \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈkä-​kəl How to pronounce micrococcus (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of micrococcus

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for micrococcus

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“Micrococcus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/micrococcus. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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micrococcus

noun
mi·​cro·​coc·​cus | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈkäk-əs How to pronounce micrococcus (audio) \

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 How to pronounce micrococcus (audio) \ : a small spherical bacterium especially : any bacterium of the genus Micrococcus

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