[ dip-luh-kok-uhs ]
/ ˌdɪp ləˈkɒk əs /
noun, plural dip·lo·coc·ci [dip-luh-kok-sahy, -see], /ˌdɪp ləˈkɒk saɪ, -si/, Bacteriology.
any of several spherical bacteria occurring in pairs, as Diplococcus pneumoniae.
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Origin of diplococcus
From New Latin, dating back to 1886; see origin at diplo-
OTHER WORDS FROM diplococcusdip·lo·coc·cal, dip·lo·coc·cic [dip-luh-kok-sik], /ˌdɪp ləˈkɒk sɪk/, adjective
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noun plural -cocci (-ˈkɒksaɪ)
any of various spherical Gram-positive bacteria that occur in pairs, esp any of the genus Diplococcus, such as D. pneumoniae, which causes pneumonia: family Lactobacillaceae
Derived forms of diplococcusdiplococcal or diplococcic (ˌdɪpləʊˈkɒksɪk, -ˈkɒkɪk), adjective
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n. pl. dip•lo•coc•ci (-kŏk′sī′, -kŏk′ī′)
Any of various paired spherical bacteria, including those of the genus Diplococcus, some of which are pathogenic.
Other words from diplococcusdip′lo•coc′cal (-kŏk′əl) null adj.
A genus of gram-positive anaerobic encapsulated fermenting bacteria having a somewhat elongated spherical shape.
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