- any spherical bacterium of the genus Micrococcus, occurring in irregular masses, many species of which are pigmented and are saprophytic or parasitic.
Origin of micrococcus
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Either kill the micrococcus or heal the wound, and you are free from both.A Journey in Other Worlds
John Jacob Astor
The bacteria were chiefly staphylococci, rarely the pneumococcus or the micrococcus catarrhalis.The Treatment of Hay Fever
George Frederick Laidlaw
Cocci exhibit this movement, but with the exception of the Micrococcus agilis, the cocci are non-motile.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
The nitrifying organism has been submitted as yet to but little microscopical study; it is apparently a micrococcus.
This germ is closely related to Conn's micrococcus of bitter milk.Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition
H. L. Russell
- any spherical Gram-positive bacterium of the genus Micrococcus : family Micrococcaceae
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- A bacterium of the genus Micrococcus.
- A genus of aerobic, gram-positive, spherical bacteria that occur singly, in pairs, or in irregular masses and are saprophytic or parasitic but not pathogenic.
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