Species of this former genus of bacteria are now assigned to other genera. D. pneumoniae, the type species of D., is a member of the genus Streptococcus. See Neisseria, Peptococcus, Streptococcus. [diplo- + G. kokkos, berry]

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dip·lo·coc·cus -'käk-əs n any of various encapsulated bacteria (as the pneumococcus) that usu. occur in pairs and that were formerly grouped in a single taxon (genus Diplococcus) but are now all assigned to other genera
dip·lo·coc·cal -əl adj

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any of a group of nonmotile parasitic spherical bacteria that occur in pairs. The group includes the pneumococcus.

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dip·lo·coc·cus (dip″lo-kokґəs) pl. diplococґci. A spherical bacterium occurring predominantly in pairs as a consequence of incomplete separation following cell division in a single plane.

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