- 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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Examples from the Web for cocci
Nearly all cocci are immotile, while the bacilli may or may not be.Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition
H. L. Russell
By this orifice the cocci are enabled to escape from the detached scales.Three Years in Western China
As a result there may be a variety of cell groupings among the cocci.The Fundamentals of Bacteriology
Charles Bradfield Morrey
A genus of schizomycetes in which the cocci are arranged in strings or in chains.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry
Tetra- (in words of Greek composition), four; as, Tetracoccous, of four cocci.The Elements of Botany
- the plural of coccus
C18: from New Latin, from Greek kokkos berry, grain
Word Origin and History for cocci
spherical-shaped bacteria, plural of Latin coccus, from Greek kokkos "berry" (see cocco-).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A bacterium of round, spheroidal, or ovoid form.
- Any of various bacteria having a round or ovoid form such as streptococcus or staphylococcus, usually grouped in chains.
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