[ strep-tuh-kok-uhs ]

noun,plural strep·to·coc·ci [strep-tuh-kok-sahy, -see]. /ˌstrɛp təˈkɒk saɪ, -si/. Bacteriology.
  1. 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.

Origin of streptococcus

From New Latin, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at strepto-, coccus

Other words from streptococcus

  • strep·to·coc·cal [strep-tuh-kok-uhl], /ˌstrɛp təˈkɒk əl/, strep·to·coc·cic [strep-tuh-kok-sik], /ˌstrɛp təˈkɒk sɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for streptococcus


/ (ˌstrɛptəʊˈkɒkəs) /

nounplural -cocci (-ˈkɒkaɪ, US -ˈkɒksaɪ)
  1. 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 (ˌstrɛptəʊˈkɒkəl) or rare streptococcic (ˌstrɛptəʊˈkɒkɪk, US -ˈkɒksɪk), adjective

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Scientific definitions for streptococcus


[ strĕp′tə-kŏkəs ]

Plural streptococci (strĕp′tə-kŏksī, -kŏkī)
  1. 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


[ (strep-tuh-kok-uhs) ]

A category of bacteria that can cause various infections in humans, including scarlet fever and strep throat.

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