- any of several spherical, saprophytic bacteria of the genus Sarcina, having a cuboidal cell arrangement.
Origin of sarcina
1835–45; < New Latin, Latin: bundle
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Examples from the Web for sarcina
Used internally for sarcina ventriculi, and externally as an application in skin diseases of fungous origin.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
If in examining a preparation the sarcina grouping appears, that shows three-plane division.
If there are no sarcina, but tetrads or staphylococci (rarely merismopedia), then the division is in two planes.
Sarcina, sar-sī′na, n. a genus of schizomycetous fungi, in which the cocci divide in three planes forming cubical clumps:—pl.
- A genus of anaerobic gram-positive bacteria including both saprophytic and facultatively parasitic species.
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