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Pronunciation: kok-ka'se-e

Definition: An obsolete term for a family of Eubacteriales that included all the spheric cells dividing in one (Streptococcus), two (Micrococcus), or three (Sarcina) planes, then forming cells, pairs, tetrads, cubes or larger packets, or chains.

[G. kokkos, a berry]

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