- a combining form meaning “twisted,” used in the formation of compound words: streptococcus.
Origin of strepto-
combining form of Greek streptós pliant, twisted, twined, equivalent to strep- (variant stem of stréphein to twist) + -tos verbid suffix
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- indicating a shape resembling a twisted chainstreptococcus
- indicating streptococcusstreptolysin
from Greek streptos twisted, from strephein to twist
- Twisted; twisted chain:streptococcus.
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