- a combining form of adjectives corresponding to nouns formed with -coccus: streptococcal.
- Bacteriology. a spherical bacterium.
- Botany. one of the carpels of a schizocarp.
Origin of coccus
1755–65; < New Latin < Greek kókkos grain, seed, berry
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The nucleus of the eosinophile cell is ring-shaped or much divided, and the granules are coccal and stain oxyphile.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
C18: from New Latin, from Greek kokkos berry, grain
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Word Origin and History for coccal
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- A bacterium of round, spheroidal, or ovoid form.
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- Any of various bacteria having a round or ovoid form such as streptococcus or staphylococcus, usually grouped in chains.
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