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Bacteria usually take on one of three shapes:
  • coccus (plural: cocci): spheres.
  • diplococci: pairs of cocci
  • streptococci: chains of cocci
  • staphylococci: sheets or clusters of cocci
  • bacillus (plural: bacilli): rod shaped
  • spiral: twisted, or corkscrew shaped

General Shapes of Bacteria

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