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a combining form meaning “twisted,” used in the formation of compound words:
Origin of strepto-
combining form of Greek streptós pliant, twisted, twined, equivalent to strep- (variant stem of stréphein to twist) + -tos verbid suffix Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for strepto-


combining form
indicating a shape resembling a twisted chain: streptococcus
indicating streptococcus: streptolysin
Word Origin
from Greek streptos twisted, from strephein to twist
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strepto- in Medicine

strepto- pref.

  1. Twisted; twisted chain: streptococcus.

  2. Streptococcus: streptolysin.

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