cocci

[kok-sahy, -see]
noun
1.
plural of coccus.
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coccus

[kok-uhs]
noun, plural cocci [kok-sahy, -see] .
1.
Bacteriology. a spherical bacterium. See diag. under bacteria.
2.
Botany. one of the carpels of a schizocarp.

Origin:
1755–65; < Neo-Latin < Greek kókkos grain, seed, berry

coccal, coccic [kok-sik] , adjective
coccous, adjective
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cocci (ˈkɒksaɪ)
 
n
the plural of coccus

coccus (ˈkɒkəs)
 
n , pl -ci
1.  bacillus Compare spirillum any spherical or nearly spherical bacterium, such as a staphylococcus
2.  the part of a fruit that contains one seed and separates from the whole fruit at maturity
3.  any of the scale insects of the genus Coccus
 
[C18: from New Latin, from Greek kokkos berry, grain]
 
'coccoid
 
adj
 
'coccal
 
adj
 
coccic
 
adj
 
'coccous
 
adj

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cocci
spherical-shaped bacteria, pl. of L. coccus, from Gk. kokkos "berry."

coccus
1763 as an insect genus (including the cochineal bug); 1883 as a type of bacterium, from Gk. kokkos "grain, seed, berry."
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coccus coc·cus (kŏk'əs)
n. pl. coc·ci (kŏk'sī, kŏk'ī)
A bacterium of round, spheroidal, or ovoid form.


coc'coid' (kŏk'oid') or coc'cal (kŏk'əl) adj.
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coccus   (kŏk'əs)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural cocci (kŏk'sī, kŏk'ī)
Any of various bacteria having a round or ovoid form such as streptococcus or staphylococcus, usually grouped in chains.
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Cocci is spread in the environment through dust that contains spores of the fungus.
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