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diplococcus

[dip-luh-kok-uh s]
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noun, plural dip·lo·coc·ci [dip-luh-kok-sahy, -see] /ˌdɪp ləˈkɒk saɪ, -si/, Bacteriology.
  1. any of several spherical bacteria occurring in pairs, as Diplococcus pneumoniae.
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Origin of diplococcus

From New Latin, dating back to 1886; see origin at diplo-, coccus
Related formsdip·lo·coc·cal, dip·lo·coc·cic [dip-luh-kok-sik] /ˌdɪp ləˈkɒk sɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for diplococcus

Historical Examples

  • If growth of Diplococcus pneumoniæ occurs, again heat culture in water-bath at 60° C. for one hour and again test for sterility.

    The Elements of Bacteriological Technique

    John William Henry Eyre

  • For instance, not a few healthy noses and throats contain the bacillus of diphtheria and the diplococcus of pneumonia.

    Preventable Diseases

    Woods Hutchinson

  • The presence of such a diplococcus in meningeal exudates is, however, sufficient for its identification.

  • The diplococcus merely produces acidification and coagulation of the milk.

  • The joint lesions which accompany acute rheumatism or “rheumatic fever” are believed to be due to a diplococcus.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles


British Dictionary definitions for diplococcus

diplococcus

noun plural -cocci (-ˈkɒksaɪ)
  1. any of various spherical Gram-positive bacteria that occur in pairs, esp any of the genus Diplococcus, such as D. pneumoniae, which causes pneumonia: family Lactobacillaceae
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Derived Formsdiplococcal or diplococcic (ˌdɪpləʊˈkɒksɪk, -ˈkɒkɪk), adjective
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diplococcus in Medicine

diplococcus

(dĭp′lō-kŏkəs)
n. pl. dip•lo•coc•ci (-kŏksī′, -kŏkī′)
  1. Any of various paired spherical bacteria, including those of the genus Diplococcus, some of which are pathogenic.
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Related formsdip′lo•coccal (-kŏkəl) null adj.

Diplococcus

(dĭp′lō-kŏkəs)
n.
  1. A genus of gram-positive anaerobic encapsulated fermenting bacteria having a somewhat elongated spherical shape.
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