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- n. Plural of coccus.
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- n. Plural form of coccus.
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- n. Plural of coccus, 1.
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- n. any spherical or nearly spherical bacteria
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(sometimes several inches across) submerged in it, and consists of more or less gelatinous matrix enclosing innumerable "cocci," "bacteria," or other elements of the Schizomycete concerned.
I'm a Gram Positive cocci like my cousin S. aureus.
I am not a microbiologist, but my responsibilities at work often require that I understand the difference between a cocci and a rod, Gram-negative and a Gram-positive, and which organisms are "objectionable".
Now, cocco-bacilli are often misidentified as either rod-shaped bacteria, like diphtheroids; or cocci, like staph or strep.
Thus, whereas it proved possible to attack certain diseases due to protozoa and spirochaetes by means of chemical substances, little success had been achieved with chemical preparations against infections due to true bacteria, namely cocci and bacilli.
This rough estimate applies to the globular and the egg-shaped bacteria, to which is given the name "coccus" (plural, cocci).
Many micro-organisms, whether cocci, bacilli, or of other shapes, are harmless, hence they are called non-pathogenic, to distinguish them from the disease-producing or pathogenic germs.
The bacteria most interesting to the surgeon belong to the cocci and the bacilli.
Egg-shaped mass of zoogloea of _Beggiatoa roseo-persicina_ (_Bacterium rubescens_ of Lankester); the gelatinous swollen walls of the large crowded cocci are fused into a common gelatinous envelope.
Mixed zoogloea found as a pellicle on the surface of vegetable infusions, &c.; it consists of various forms, and contains cocci (a) and rodlets, in series (b and c), &c. B.