- nounspherical or elliptical usually aerobic eubacteria that produce yellow or orange or red pigment; includes toxin-producing forms as well as harmless commensals and saprophytes• Syn: ↑family Micrococcaceae• Hypernyms: ↑bacteria family• Member Holonyms: ↑division Eubacteria• Member Meronyms: ↑Micrococcus, ↑genus Micrococcus, ↑genus Staphylococcus
* * *\\|mīˌkrō+\ noun pluralUsage: capitalized: a family of heterotrophic spherical or elliptical eubacteria that usually lack endospores, divide in two or three planes forming pairs, tetrads, or masses of cells, prefer an aerobic environment, and produce yellow, orange, or red pigment and that include pathogenic toxin-producing forms (as Staphylococcus aureus syn. Micrococcus pyogenes var. aureus) as well as numerous harmless commensals and saprophytes
Useful english dictionary. 2012.