cocci

noun

coc·​ci ˈkäk-sē How to pronounce cocci (audio)
: coccidioidomycosis
Though most of us have never heard of it, cases of cocci … are skyrocketing everywhere from Phoenix to California's San Joaquin Valley …Jim Thornton

Examples of cocci in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those dust storms can kick up dirt and soil that carry fungal spores called Coccidioides, or cocci. Abigail Celaya, The Arizona Republic, 4 Sep. 2023 So there's cocci, there's this candida auris. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2023 Meanwhile, a personal bike had 8,000 CFUs on it; all gram-positive cocci, which can cause inflammatory disease. Josh Max, Forbes, 10 Jan. 2023 In some cases, these spherules can rupture and release endospores that can travel throughout the body via the blood or lymph to infect the lungs, heart, and brain leading to the serious form of disease, disseminated cocci. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 9 Sep. 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cocci was in 1958

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Cite this Entry

“Cocci.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cocci. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

cocci

1 of 2 noun
coc·​ci ˈkäk-sē How to pronounce cocci (audio)
: coccidioidomycosis
Though most of us have never heard of it, cases of cocci … are skyrocketing everywhere from Phoenix to California's San Joaquin Valley …Jim Thornton, National Geographic Adventure

cocci

2 of 2

plural of coccus

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