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Shaped like or resembling a coccus; spherical.
A coccoid microorganism.
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(ˈkɒk ɔɪd)

also coc•coi′dal,

resembling a coccus; globular.
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Adj.1.coccoid - spherical; like a coccus; "a coccoid microorganism"
circular, round - having a circular shape
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Microalgae (which included cyanobacteria, coccoid green algae, chrysophytes, individual cells and fragments, and relatively unbranched filaments of red, brown, and green algae) dominated 10 sample dates.
The bacterial cells can appear coccoid, cocco-bacillary or filamentous.
Also, some coccoid forms wrapped in a kind of sheath which joined others forming an elongated structure, similar to those described for the first time by Ramachandran Nair [33].
Jia, "Gene-expression profiles in gastric epithelial cells stimulated with spiral and coccoid Helicobacter pylori," Journal of Medical Microbiology, vol.
During the rainy season, the total biovolume reached its lowest values, the cyanobacteria assemblage was represented by coccoid and filament forms, N[H.sub.4.sup.+] concentrations were high (15-21[micro]M) and DIN:SRP ratio was high (40-159).
An autopsy performed by the county medical examiner revealed visible colonies of coccoid bacteria, which had formed in Stokes' heart, causing acute inflammation of the heart tissues, the presence of which was preserved on slides and confirmed by microscopic inspection.
He regarded the organism as highly pleomorphic with phases varying from small granules to fungal type elements, including coccoid forms, mycelia and rod forms.
Alternatively, this microorganism could exist in the nose in an unculturable inactive coccoid state, only to initiate proliferation and cause disease under specific circumstances.
pylori bacterium appears to survive in water in a coccoid form, even in very cold water (22).
Far more resistant and sturdy structures are made by Enthophysalis major, a coccoid cyanobacterium that colonizes the large sand ripples, as much as a meter wide, made in lagoons and channels by frequent changes in current direction.
Under these climatic, microclimatic, and substratum conditions chasmoendolithic coccoid cyanobacteria may occur in exfoliating surfaces (Danin & Garty, 1983: Photograph 9; Danin, 1986b, 1992b).