Definitions for: Micrococcus


[n] type genus of the family Micrococcaceae



Webster (1913) Definition: Mi`cro*coc"cus, n.; pl. Micrococci. [NL. See
Micro-, and Coccus.] (Biol.)
A genus of Spherobacteria, in the form of very small
globular or oval cells, forming, by transverse division,
filaments, or chains of cells, or in some cases single
organisms shaped like dumb-bells (Diplococcus), all without
the power of motion. See Illust. of Ascoccus.

Note: Physiologically, micrococci are divided into three
groups; chromogenic, characterized by their power of
forming pigment; zymogenic, including those associated
with definite chemical processes; and pathogenic, those
connected with disease.

Synonyms: genus Micrococcus

See Also: bacteria genus, family Micrococcaceae, Micrococcaceae

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