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-coccus

(word root) spherical bacterium
Examples of words with the root -coccus: streptococcus
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-coccus

suff.
A microorganism of spherical or spheroidal shape: streptococcus.

[From coccus.]
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coc•cus

(ˈkɒk əs)

n., pl. -ci (-sī, -sē).
a spherical bacterium.
[1755–65; < New Latin < Greek kókkos grain, seed, berry]
coc′cal, coc′cic (-sɪk) adj.
coc′cous, adj.

-coccus

a combining form representing coccus in the names of bacteria: streptococcus.
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