Definitions for: Coccus

[n] any spherical or nearly spherical bacteria

Webster (1913) Definition: Coc"cus, n.; pl. Cocci. [NL., fr. Gr. ? grain, seed.
See Cochineal.]
1. (Bot.) One of the separable carpels of a dry fruit.

2. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of hemipterous insects, including scale
insects, and the cochineal insect (Coccus cacti).

3. (Biol.) A form of bacteria, shaped like a globule.

Synonyms: cocci

See Also: eubacteria, eubacterium, staph, staphylococci, staphylococcus, true bacteria

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