streptococcus [ strep-t uh- kok- uh s ] SHOW IPA / ˌstrɛp təˈkɒk əs / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural strep·to·coc·ci . [strep-t uh- kok-sahy, -see] /ˌstrɛp təˈkɒk saɪ, -si/ Bacteriology. any of several spherical or oval bacteria of the genus Streptococcus, occurring in pairs or chains, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans, causing scarlet fever, tonsillitis, etc. QUIZZES CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH THESE WORDS FROM "LITTLE WOMEN"
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Origin of streptococcus
From New Latin, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at
coccus OTHER WORDS FROM streptococcus strep·to·coc·cal , [strep-t uh- kok- uh l] /ˌstrɛp təˈkɒk əl/ strep·to·coc·cic , [strep-t uh- kok-sik] /ˌstrɛp təˈkɒk sɪk/ adjective Words nearby streptococcus strepto-
streptococcus erythrogenic toxin
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Example sentences from the Web for streptococcus
This may be a wound or a purulent blister, and the
streptococcus pyogenes is the organism most frequently present.
One blood culture revealed the presence of
streptococcus in addition to Bacillus pestis.
The most common cause of contagious mammitis in cattle is a spherical bacterium in chain form (
Streptococcus) (Moore, Ward).
streptococcus colonies and subcultivate upon nutrient agar exactly as directed in steps 14, 15 and 16. British Dictionary definitions for streptococcus noun plural -cocci ( -ˈkɒkaɪ, US -ˈkɒksaɪ) any Gram-positive spherical bacterium of the genus Streptococcus, typically occurring in chains and including many pathogenic species, such as S. pyogenes, which causes scarlet fever, sore throat, etc: family Lactobacillaceae Often shortened to: strep Derived forms of streptococcus streptococcal ( ˌstrɛptəʊˈkɒk) əl or rare streptococcic ( ˌstrɛptəʊˈkɒkɪk, US -ˈkɒksɪk), adjective
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Medical definitions for streptococcus (1 of 2) n. pl. strep•to•coc•ci ( -kŏk) ′sī, -kŏk ′ī A bacterium of the genus Streptococcus. Other words from streptococcus strep′to•coc null ′cal adj. Medical definitions for streptococcus (2 of 2) n. A genus of gram-positive, anaerobic, often pathogenic bacteria having an ovoid or spherical appearance and occurring in pairs or chains, including many erythrocytolytic and pathogenic species that cause erysipelas, scarlet fever, and septic sore throat in humans.
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Scientific definitions for streptococcus Plural streptococci ( strĕp′tə-kŏk) ′sī, -kŏk ′ī Any of various bacteria of the genus Streptococcus that are gram-positive cocci and are normally found on the skin and mucous membranes and in the digestive tract of mammals. One type of streptococcus, Group A, is a common pathogen in humans and causes various infections, including strep throat, scarlet fever, pneumonia, and some types of impetigo.
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Cultural definitions for streptococcus
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