streptococcus


streptococcus
streptococcus (n.) bacteria genus, 1877, Modern Latin, coined by Viennese surgeon Albert Theodor Billroth (1829-1894) from Gk. streptos "twisted" + Mod.L. coccus "spherical bacterium," from Gk. kokkos "berry." So called because the bacteria usually form chains.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.