- Bacteriology. a spherical bacterium.
- Botany. one of the carpels of a schizocarp.
Origin of coccus
- a combining form representing coccus in compound words: streptococcus.
Examples from the Web for coccus
Historical Examples of coccus
In the males of the species of Coccus there is no mouth at all.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)
They are often distinguished also by the name of Coccus radicum.
Three of the four coccus forms were classified as M. luteus.Chlorination of Water
It exudes when the branches are pierced by an insect called the Coccus ficus.French Polishing and Enamelling
A coccus forming such a chain of cells is called strepto-coccus (chain-coccus).Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition
H. L. Russell
Word Origin for coccus
- A bacterium of round, spheroidal, or ovoid form.
- A microorganism of spherical or spheroidal shape:streptococcus.
- Any of various bacteria having a round or ovoid form such as streptococcus or staphylococcus, usually grouped in chains.