micrococcus definition

  • noun:
    • A spherical, cardiovascular, gram-positive bacterium for the genus Micrococcus, frequently occurring in irregular clusters.
    • any one of several spherical, cardiovascular, gram-positive germs, for the genus Micrococcus, being wide-ranging and harmless
    • A genus of Spherobacteria, in the shape of tiny globular or oval cells, forming, by transverse unit, filaments, or chains of cells, or perhaps in some cases single organisms shaped like dumb-bells (Diplococcus), all without power of movement. See Illust. of ascoccus.
    • A genus of Schizomycetes (fission-fungi or germs), and also the just one for the tribe Sphærobacteria.
    • [lowercase) pl. micrococci (-sī).] Any member of this genus.
    • kind genus of the family members Micrococcaceae

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