sarcina

noun
sar·ci·na | \ ˈsär-si-nə \

Medical Definition of sarcina 

1 capitalized : a genus of bacteria (family Peptococcaceae) that are gram-positive cocci, are mostly harmless saprophytes but include a few serious brewery pests, and have cells which under favorable conditions divide in three directions into cubical masses

2 plural sarcinas or sarcinae\-nē \ : any bacterium of the genus Sarcina

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