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Cellular Arrangement

In addition to staining reaction and shape, it is important to observe the cellular arrangement of microorganisms on the smear. The cellular arrangements are:

  • Single cells
  • Pairs
  • Tetrads
  • Chains
  • Clusters
  • Budding