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streptococcus

noun strep·to·coc·cus \-ˈkä-kəs\

medical : a type of bacteria that causes diseases in people and animals

plural strep·to·coc·ci\-ˈkä-ˌkī, -(ˌ)kē; -ˈkäk-ˌsī, -(ˌ)sē\

Full Definition of STREPTOCOCCUS

:  any of a genus (Streptococcus) of spherical or ovoid chiefly nonmotile and parasitic gram-positive bacteria that divide only in one plane, occur in pairs or chains, and include important pathogens of humans and domestic animals; broadly :  a coccus occurring in chains

Origin of STREPTOCOCCUS

New Latin
First Known Use: 1877

streptococcus

noun strep·to·coc·cus \-ˈkäk-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of STREPTOCOCCUS

1
capitalized :  a genus of spherical or ovoid chiefly nonmotile and parasitic gram-positive bacteria (family Streptococcaceae) that divide only in one plane, occur in pairs or chains, and include important pathogens of humans and domestic animals
2
plural strep·to·coc·ci \-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī\ :  any bacterium of the genus Streptococcus; broadly :  a coccus occurring in chains

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