Any of various paired spherical bacteria, including those of the genus Diplococcus, some of which are pathogenic. (noun)
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Use "diplococcus" in a sentence
"Wolf, watching a naked child defecate on a pile of garbage, recalled reading a city Health Services report - quickly suppressed by the mayor's office - that found the number of colonies of pathogenic micro-organisms like diplococcus, staph, amoeba and salmonella per cubic metre here to be completely off the measurement scale."
"Other types of bacteria found in milk and cheese include monococcus, diplococcus, tetracoccus, streptococcus, staphilococcus, lactobacillus and bacterial propionicas."
"For instance, not a few healthy noses and throats contain the bacillus of diphtheria and the diplococcus of pneumonia."