noun (plural micrococci /-ˈkäkˌ(s)ī/ /-ˈkäk(s)ē/)
A spherical bacterium that is typically found on dead or decaying organic matter. Nonpathogenic forms are found on human and animal skin.
- Family Micrococcaceae of Gram-positive nonmotile bacteria, in particular the genera Micrococcus and Staphylococcus.
- The only organisms isolated were diphtheroids, coagulase-negative staphylococci, and micrococci.
- The majority of flora isolated were gram-positive cocci, including coagulase-negative staphylococci and micrococci, present in all positive cultures.
- Spirochetes live in our gums; staphylococci, micrococci, and a small yeast from the genus Pityrosporon clothe our hides.
- Example sentences
- DNA was digested to mononucleotides with micrococcal nuclease and spleen phosphodiesterase at 37°C for 3.5 h.
- The spt6-140 mutation alters transcription and chromatin in our inverted repeats, as determined by Northern and micrococcal nuclease sensitivity analyses, respectively.
- To further study the basis for these changes in chromatin organization, we used micrococcal nuclease digestion to determine the arrangement of nucleosomes in this region.
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