noun, plural coc·ci [kok-sahy, -see] /ˈkɒk saɪ, -si/.
Bacteriology. a spherical bacterium.
Botany. one of the carpels of a schizocarp.
Origin of coccus
1755–65; < New Latin < Greek kókkos grain, seed, berryRelated formscoc·cal, coc·cic [kok-sik] /ˈkɒk sɪk/, adjectivecoc·cous, adjective
a combining form representing coccus in compound words: streptococcus.
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noun plural -ci (-saɪ)
Derived Formscoccoid, coccal or coccic (ˈkɒksɪk), adjectivecoccous, adjective
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
Word Origin for coccus
C18: from New Latin, from Greek kokkos berry, grain
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Word Origin and History for coccus
1763 as an insect genus (including the cochineal bug); 1883 as a type of bacterium, from Greek kokkos "grain, seed, berry" (see cocco-).
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n. pl. coc•ci (kŏk′sī, kŏk′ī)
Related formscoc′coid′ (kŏk′oid′) null adj.
A bacterium of round, spheroidal, or ovoid form.
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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