- any of several spherical bacteria occurring in pairs, as Diplococcus pneumoniae.
Origin of diplococcus
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Diplococci without capsules are common in the sputum, but have no special significance.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis
James Campbell Todd
And here it says, "Gram negative, diplococci intra- and extra-cellular morphological resembling neisseria gonococci."Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
- 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
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- Any of various paired spherical bacteria, including those of the genus Diplococcus, some of which are pathogenic.
- A genus of gram-positive anaerobic encapsulated fermenting bacteria having a somewhat elongated spherical shape.
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