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noun, plural sar·ci·nas, sar·ci·nae [sahr-suh-nee] /ˈsɑr səˌni/. Bacteriology.
  1. any of several spherical, saprophytic bacteria of the genus Sarcina, having a cuboidal cell arrangement.
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Origin of sarcina

1835–45; < New Latin, Latin: bundle
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Examples from the Web for sarcina

Historical Examples of sarcina

  • Used internally for sarcina ventriculi, and externally as an application in skin diseases of fungous origin.

    Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

  • If in examining a preparation the sarcina grouping appears, that shows three-plane division.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey

  • If there are no sarcina, but tetrads or staphylococci (rarely merismopedia), then the division is in two planes.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey

  • Sarcina, sar-sī′na, n. a genus of schizomycetous fungi, in which the cocci divide in three planes forming cubical clumps:—pl.

sarcina in Medicine


  1. A genus of anaerobic gram-positive bacteria including both saprophytic and facultatively parasitic species.
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