Definition of Cocci

1. Noun. Any spherical or nearly spherical bacteria.

Exact synonyms: Coccus
Generic synonyms: Eubacteria, Eubacterium, True Bacteria
Specialized synonyms: Staph, Staphylococci, Staphylococcus
Derivative terms: Coccal

Definition of Cocci

1. Noun. (plural of coccus) ¹

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Definition of Cocci

1. coccus [n] - See also: coccus

Medical Definition of Cocci

1. Bacteria with a spherical shape. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cocci

cocci (current term)
coccid insect
coccidia of cattle
coccidia of chickens
coccidia of geese
coccidia of pheasants
coccidia of rabbits
coccidia of sheep and goats
coccidia of swine
coccidia of turkeys

Literary usage of Cocci

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Journal of Infectious Diseases by Infectious Diseases Society of America, John Rockefeller McCormick Memorial Fund, John McCormick Institute for Infectious Diseases (1915)
"Smears 1 + .3 showed & cocci per leukocyte ; Smears 2 + 3 showed 41 cocci per leukocyte ; the Osmic ' 3 showed 32 cocci per leukocyte ; in the Osmic 2 + 3 ..."

2. The Journal of Medical Research by American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists (1901)
"cocci were seen ingested by endothelial cells and leucocytes along the ... No cocci were seen. A beginning nephritis was present with changes in the tubular ..."

3. General pathology, or, The science of the causes, nature and course of the by Ernst Ziegler (1899)
"Since certain forms of cocci are specially apt to develop in definitely ... If, from a further continued division of the cells in one plane, rows of cocci ..."

4. Practical Bacteriology, Blood Work and Animal Parasitology: Including by Edward Rhodes Stitt (1918)
"Gram-positive, lance-shaped cocci with bases apposed within a capsule. ... A. cocci-round. i. Divide in two planes at right angles. Tetrad formation. ..."

5. The Journal of Comparative Pathology and Therapeutics (1888)
"The radiate character of the margin of the colony is caused by dense columns or packets of cocci, with occasional thread-forms in between. FIG. ..."

6. General Pathology: Or the Science of the Causes, Nature and Course of the by Ernst Ziegler (1903)
"Since certain forms of cocci are especially likely to develop in ... Many of the cocci multiply by division in one plane only—at right angles to the length ..."

7. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1905)
"8 and 9) that the opsonin has passed into the cocci (A' and B'). ... Normal semm mixed with emulsion of cocci, in equal parts, at 0" C. for 15'. ..."

8. A Treatise on Hygiene and Public Health by Thomas Stevenson, Shirley Forster Murphy (1898)
"2, numerous dumb-bell forms are shown, in which the cocci are spherical ; in fig. ... 5, single cocci are shown, all of uniform spherical form. ..."

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