[ kok-uhs ]
/ ˈkɒk əs /
noun, plural coc·ci [kok-sahy, -see]. /ˈkɒk saɪ, -si/.
Bacteriology. a spherical bacterium.
Botany. one of the carpels of a schizocarp.
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Origin of coccus
1755–65; <New Latin <Greek kókkos grain, seed, berry
OTHER WORDS FROM coccuscoccal, coc·cic [kok-sik], /ˈkɒk sɪk/, adjectivecoccous, adjective
a combining form representing coccus in compound words: streptococcus.
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Example sentences from the Web for coccus
noun plural -ci (-saɪ)
any spherical or nearly spherical bacterium, such as a staphylococcusCompare bacillus (def. 1), spirillum (def. 1)
the part of a fruit that contains one seed and separates from the whole fruit at maturity
any of the scale insects of the genus Coccus
Derived forms of coccuscoccoid, coccal or coccic (ˈkɒksɪk), adjectivecoccous, adjective
Word Origin for coccus
C18: from New Latin, from Greek kokkos berry, grain
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n. pl. coc•ci (kŏk′sī, kŏk′ī)
A bacterium of round, spheroidal, or ovoid form.
Other words from coccuscoc′coid′ (kŏk′oid′) null adj.
A microorganism of spherical or spheroidal shape:streptococcus.
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Plural cocci (kŏk′sī, kŏk′ī)
Any of various bacteria having a round or ovoid form such as streptococcus or staphylococcus, usually grouped in chains.
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