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(pl. cocci)

Any spherical bacterium. Cocci may occur singly, in pairs, in groups of four or more, in cubical packets, in grapelike clusters (Staphylococcus), or in chains (Streptococcus). Staphylococci and streptococci include pathogenic species. They are generally nonmotile and do not form spores.

Subjects: Biological Sciences — Medicine and Health.

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