What bacterium's name means
twisted berry in Greek?
Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics, linguistics, neologism, idiom, cant, and argot.
The critically-acclaimed board game
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
The word streptococcus derives from the Greek
streptos, twisted, and kokkos, berry.
The word was
coined in 1877 by Viennese surgeon Albert Theodor Billroth who gave it that
name because streptococcal bacteria form irregular clusters.
Rather I think it was because streptococci occur in chain- or
rope-like configurations. Staphylococci (Gk staphylo- bunch of grapes + coccus
berry) occur in irregular clusters. Diplococci occur in pairs. Streptobacilli
are rod-like bacteria that occur in chains.
bennetc at watson.ibm.com
Copyright 1998-2009 Blair Arts Ltd. All rights reserved.