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 History of this Word

"coccus" is from "kokkos" (grain or berry) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"-coccus" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates a spherical microorganism. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-coccus illustration Cryptococcus species are common on leaf surfaces.
-coccus illustration Healthy people who have no symptoms of illness sometimes carry the meningococcus in their noses and throats.