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Relating to cocci.
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Relating to cocci.
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(kok'us) plural.cocci [L. coccus, fr Gr. kokkos, berry]
A bacterial type that is spherical or ovoid. When cocci appear singly, they are designated micrococci; in pairs, diplococci; in clusters like bunches of grapes, staphylococci; in chains, streptococci; in cubical packets of eight, sarcinae. Many are pathogenic, causing such diseases as strep throat, erysipelas, scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, pneumonia, gonorrhea, meningitis, and puerperal fever. coccal ('al), adjective
See: bacterium
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