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[kok-sahy, -see] /ˈkɒk saɪ, -si/

plural of .
[kok-uh s] /ˈkɒk əs/
noun, plural cocci
[kok-sahy, -see] /ˈkɒk saɪ, -si/ (Show IPA)
Bacteriology. a spherical bacterium.
Botany. one of the carpels of a schizocarp.
the plural of coccus
noun (pl) -ci (-saɪ)
any spherical or nearly spherical bacterium, such as a staphylococcus Compare bacillus (sense 1), spirillum (sense 1)
the part of a fruit that contains one seed and separates from the whole fruit at maturity
any of the scale insects of the genus Coccus

spherical-shaped bacteria, plural of Latin coccus, from Greek kokkos “berry” (see cocco-).

1763 as an insect genus (including the cochineal bug); 1883 as a type of bacterium, from Greek kokkos “grain, seed, berry” (see cocco-).

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.
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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