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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for strepto-


combining form

indicating a shape resembling a twisted chainstreptococcus
indicating streptococcusstreptolysin

Word Origin for strepto-

from Greek streptos twisted, from strephein to twist
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Medical definitions for strepto-



Twisted; twisted chain:streptococcus.
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