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a combining form meaning “twisted,” used in the formation of compound words: streptococcus.
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Origin of strepto-
Combining form of Greek streptós pliant, twisted, twined, equivalent to strep- (variant stem of stréphein to twist) + -tos verbid suffix
Words nearby strepto-
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How to use strepto- in a sentence
A coccus forming such a chain of cells is called strepto-coccus (chain-coccus).Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition|H. L. Russell
British Dictionary definitions for strepto-
indicating a shape resembling a twisted chainstreptococcus
Word Origin for strepto-
from Greek streptos twisted, from strephein to twist
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