Definition of micrococcus in English:

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micrococcus

Pronunciation: /ˌmīkrōˈkäkəs/

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

micrococcal

adjective
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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Syllabification: mi·cro·coc·cus

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